Agile Europeans in Africa

Why we need agile Europeans in Africa “Many Europeans still treat Africans like children”, said James Shikwati, a Kenyan born intellectual, at a panel discussion in Hamburg, showing how European behavior is perceived in Africa. In the same discussion I argued that Africa and Europe are drifting apart and that we Europeans should better do something about it. Otherwise we lose …

How Racist Roots backfire on Development Aid …

… and make it increasingly irrelevant ” … we must embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas. More than half the people of the world are living in conditions approaching misery. Their food is inadequate. They are victims …

Authoritarian Development and Systems Thinking

William Easterly argues in his new book “The Tyranny of Experts” that for the last decades authoritarian development has been the default consensus on global poverty reduction. Authoritarian development relies on technocratic solutions, tries to implement pre-fabricated ideas and plans in whatever local situation and – this is its core misunderstanding – beliefs that development is the result …