What motivates altruism? Is it self-interest, the desire to acquire money or power, or the compulsion to do the ‘right thing’? All these are examined in detail in this note.
If a set of children get an education or people in a village get healthcare through a development action, how do we calculate these social benefits? Basic ideas from Economics.
In order to enhance the effectiveness of our actions towards environmental protection, we must adopt a strategy informed by rational thinking that does not neglect basic insights and indications.
In general, it is relatively easy to create an asset or implement a project but ensuring that it functions well as long as it lasts requires additional efforts and maintenance.
In the development practice, is there a trade-off between the cost of an action and the benefit from it? When one has already decided to spend a certain amount of money or time why should they consider the costs and benefits of it?
It is important to note the persistence of a high level of poverty and underdevelopment in India, despite its achievements in the economic sphere and the income growth for a relatively smaller section of the society.
Before starting a development action, it is important to honestly question one’s own motivations. This is true for individuals as well as organizations…
There is a tendency to make generalizations such as, `People are poor, and hence there is a need for intervention’ or `people don’t have a source of safe drinking water, and hence the need for action’ or `people don’t use safe child-delivery practices and something has to be done about it’; and so on. And though these can be important starting points for development actions, there is a need to assess the requirement of such actions with respect to specific contexts.
There could be many instances where even well-intentioned and well-designed development interventions may not lead to expected outcomes. There can be several reasons for such failures, one being the possible opposition from various local actors, or what is referred to as the ‘local political economy’…
There are arguments that favour enhancing the participation of the community (which includes parents) in the management or affairs of schools, especially those that are government-controlled or -aided.
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