First Axiom of Boring Development:
An intervention’s Donor Appeal is inversely proportional to its impact on the incomes of the Bottom Billion.
Corollary to the First Axiom:
If a programme displays photos of Smiling African Children prominently on its website, it’s a gimmick.
Second Axiom of Boring Development:
Development Programmes serve the interests of donors first, of recipients second.
Third Axiom of Boring Development:
Development Programmes narrowly focused on increasing the incomes of the world’s poorest people are at a critical disadvantage in the competition for development funding.