Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

The 7 Points on Alleviating Poverty

Very concise, to the point. One may disagree but lots of food for thoughts

Transnational Planning

Continuing from the article on the oversimplification of “poverty”, to developing principles that will help navigate the complex landscape that it actually is:


1. The most significant thing is the stories.

If you relate to the individuals and communities strongly, then the keenness to help, and help in a manner they need, yields results. Recent examples include this talk on the Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and this great book by Katherine Boo: Behind the Beautiful Forevers. While it is always a little strange to see one’s own country and people through the lens of someone from another culture, it is a big learning curve because you learn to identify (and then hopefully abandon) the subjective opinions/assumptions you have had growing up.

Also, “the poor” don’t necessarily want the things you want for them. They don’t want less, or want for things any differently that people in…

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 by in Politics and rights.

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