Historical politics and its importance in development

Today we explored the relationship between politics and development and how now more than ever development requires a tactful, politically sound approach by all players to achieve it’s objectives.This prompted me to consider the importance of historical institutions and politics in development and how this may help in understanding present-day institutions and their effect on development.  …

Aid – Microfinancing

In this session, we learnt about the difficulties associated with allocating aid and it made me think of a more bottom-up approach such as Microfinance and how that has affected development. “Microfinance is most fundamentally the provision of credit without collateral, usually in relatively small amounts and for short periods of time” (Ghosh, 2013). The…

The importance of Geography

During class today, we learnt about the role geography plays in development and how it is a vastly divided topic in the field. Given the various different opinions and theories related to geography and development, I decided to explore a few notable theories in further detail to gain a better understanding about the debate surrounding the importance of geography…

Slavery and Colonialism

In class today we learned about the European colonial expansion which by the 1800’s saw the “Western Powers [Britain, Holland, France, Spain and Portugal] control 35% of the Earth’s surface”(Greig, Hulme, & Turner, 2007). At the time the indirect and direct rule by the Western powers was justified in various ways including: Searching for precious minerals;…

Measuring Development

International development is a process to end global inequality and provide every human being access to basic human rights whilst allowing countries to develop economically and socially. As such, before I delve into the various topics that pique my interest in Development Theory & Practice, it’s important that the way we measure development is considered. Common ways in…