The mystery we call development


In the late 1970s, Canadian diplomat David Malone found himself in Sudan, tasked by his government to check in on its $30mil aid programme. Six big projects were involved, ranging from dry land farming to road building to forestry inventory. “They were the sort of things we thought, in conversation with the government of Sudan, might be useful for the country,” he said.

Ten years ago, he went looking for those projects. And found that they were gone. Not a trace of the Canadian government’s investment remained – even the roads had disappeared. This led him to reflect on how and where they had gone wrong.

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