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Submitted by Prajwol on
Dr. Ahuja, I enjoyed reading your summary of your personal experiences, in development sector. What made both of your posts wonderful is that you have incorporated a case example, for each lessons learnt. This would enable any average Joe to visualize what exactly were you referring to. I agree with most of your assessments. Though I don't have experience working through World Bank in development works, based on living experience I would like to add few more points. 1. Lack of coordination: It really hurts to see efforts and resources being used to do the same stuff and each organization want to keep their work exclusive. Funding is hard to come by, so collaborative efforts and literatures review before hand might ease that pain. 2. Bad practices by one organization hurts another to follow up: Even if there is coordination, while following up others work it sometimes gets tough. I was involved in a project to train people on disaster preparedness; I was absolutely stunned to find that people want money to attend the hands-on training on their locality on a weekend. To boost the number of attendees, the previous organization was paying them money. 3. "If you are not doing science, you are overhead": I have quoted a national director of US federal research institute that I used to work for before. But this so true across the board. When a developing nation receives a funding, all we hear in the media is the total sum, not the sums that will eventually get to the target group. I was heart broken to see, when working in Nepal, how the "progress" (report) is measured from plain paper and B/W images to glossy color prints as it moves up the chain of command before being submitted to the donor. I hope to hear a lot more of life experiences from you, it will motivate lot more people like me. Thanks.