The concept of development in our world today has acquired many meanings and has generated secondary concepts directly associated with it.
As the global system grows more and more connected -culturally, technologically and economically- poverty and exclusion become a deeper reality. Or are they actually just socially constructed concepts?
This space is designed to explore some of the perspectives on poverty and development, as well as shedding light on some of the issues and concepts that have been generated by different attempts at ‘solving poverty’ issues.
The intention is to explore and evaluate some of the common sense notions and talk about how good intentions don’t necessarily lead to good outcomes. It is one of the common fallacies of our time, and for years many countries and organizations have benefitted from a very lax evaluation based on premises of working towards the ‘greater good’.
If we truly want a fairer global environment we would necessarily have to break with the cycle of deference to those working towards a greater good. Just like Popper argued since 1962 in his work “The Open Society and Its Enemies”, the protective barrier around intellectual heritage just like the one we have around concepts of humanitarian or social work must be removed.
A new generation of businesses and social organizations have emerged who recognize this urgency and actually have been built around solid feedback mechanisms, seeking being questioned to the core, and honor that criticism recognizing the need for continuous adaptation. We will shed some light on the new perspective these organizations bring into the concepts of poverty and development around the world.