Barefoot College

I’ve talked before about some of the great articles in Wired and they’ve done it again.  Check out the April UK edition (http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/04/features/disrupting-poverty) for a great story about Sanjit Bunker Roy’s approach to “bottom up” poverty reduction through his “Barefoot College”. 

It’s pretty inspiring (women who were once day labourers becoming dentists) and yet more evidence of the growing movement against donor-driven, western implemented development.  As Roy says, “You have a graveyard of successful failures everywhere in the world with this top-down solution that has not worked.  With foreign expertise…they don’t know the culture and they don’t know what’s happening in the countries …. There is growing anger.”  What a relief…I thought I was the only one getting angry.

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