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Submitted by Mohamed Sidie Sheriff on
Shanta's article is about "informing the poor" which is a supply side accountability case and not about the poor demanding information for their own empowerment which is a demand side case. When information "suppliers" determine what their "consumers" need and when their consumers end up not needing the information supplied that they need not ask for, then there is ground for no need to inform inform the poor. There are types of information poor people need more than the ones obvious to them or couched for them by elites such as absentee teachers and doctors and availability of drugs in clinics and others that are disseminated as uncodable or policized messages.