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Submitted by Weh Yeoh on

This is a great, and very thorough post. I agree that we need a mixture of the two to tell a complete story, and that an over-reliance on numbers alone isn't going to give the full picture. I thought you might also like to read why we tend to favour stories however, at least from a psych perspective. Here's my take on that, here on Whydev: http://www.whydev.org/why-personal-stories-trump-numbers-in-global-development/