New Internationalist

Do experts help the poor?

Wherever development experts go they take privilege and power with their skill and knowledge. But are they more of a hindrance than a help to the poor?

February 1981, Issue 96

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Wisdom from above
Christopher Sheppard explores whether development experts can do more harm than good.
Experts - THE FACTS
Get the vital statistics on the the experts.
Inside story
When the urban policy-maker goes in search of poverty he rarely finds it, explains Robert Chambers, while Peter Stalkerfinds the people but loses the story.
Million dollar man
A poetic look at how the expert puts his best foot forward.
Checking out the bank
The World Bank spends a great deal on evaluating its aid projects, but people can get lost in the statistics. Betsy Hartman and Jim Boyce report from Bangladesh.
The man with no ears
The story of an expert and his tomatoes. By Judith Molomo.
Inside the outsider
For fifty years Rene Dumont has been the professional outsider. In an exclusive interview, the New Internationalist asks about life on the inside.
The desert shall bloom... or else
Richard Palmer-Jones investigates irrigation in Nigeria while Wayne Ellwood reports on the iron rod of the technolords.
Cut-price professionals
Volunteers are low on pay and high on motivation. Can they do better than the professionals? asks Peter Snoad
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The divergent views of two prominent Soviet dissenters and a children's book on constructive attitudes towards disabled people.
Transport, trickle down theory, South Africa and the right to land.
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