The mystery we call development

By Jeffrey Hardy Quah

August 2014 FEATURE
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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.Driving cattle in Sudan. There, cattle matter more than people in many ways.Ten years ago, he went looking...

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Jeffrey Hardy Quah

is a freelance writer and editor.