The Axioms of Boring Development

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.

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