The Road To Hell

‘The realization that charity and development work are political, that doing relief and development work in the context of oppression is counterproductive. Any real commitment to development requires political action, speaking out against the powers that keep populations from developing themselves.’

Michael Maren  – The Road to Hell

The above quote is taken from an insightful and delicately researched book mainly focusing on Somalia’s struggles with development, and the more often than not counterproductive role Aid agencies played in in improving the dire situation there in the 90’s. The author was a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 70’s and I highly recommend the book as a concise way of showing, albeit in an extreme example nation, the dangers of supposedly altruistic outside interference.

 

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