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Submitted by Jennifer Lentfer on
Any efforts to improve people’s lives in the developing world must first be based on the locally available resources, rather than creating additional dependency on outside “expertise,” supplies, or technology. It’s also vital to avoid undermining local economies and local organizations, especially if products such as these are delivered through traditional funding mechanisms, with each layer of bureaucracy taking its share. Clinton needs to take a more responsible approach to throwing her support behind “solutions” such as these. The media must also stop portraying foreign assistance as a kind of ever-elusive (and arrogant) search for a single, magic “silver bullet” to solve poverty. Instead, let us all focus on putting real resources behind local initiatives and means of overcoming obstacles in the developing world. See related post here: http://www.how-matters.org/2010/09/21/hillary-stoves-won’t-save-the-world/