Time for the age of ‘postdevelopment’

by Rashmee

Posted on July 31, 2020


Development is a failed project, says Julia Schöneberg, and she should know. Dr Schöneberg’s research at the University of Kassel focusses on postdevelopment in practice, social movements and resistances, as well as decolonised approaches to knowledge production and pedagogy. Anyway, her piece in Open Democracy opens with a provocative quote from Aime Césaire’s essay titled ‘Discourse … Continue reading “Time for the age of ‘postdevelopment’”

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Six decades after independence, Middle East still looking for growth model

by Rashmee

Posted on March 8, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


Though a large youthful population would normally be regarded an economic blessing, it’s become the bane of the MENA region. It’s been 75 years since World War II ended and the idea of decolonising the Middle East and North Africa began to gain ground but, while formal colonisation ended about six decades ago, the region … Continue reading “Six decades after independence, Middle East still looking for growth model”

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Bjorn Lomborg and the Crown of Resolute Optimism about human progress

by Rashmee

Posted on October 23, 2017


  After years of relentless optimism, Bjorn Lomborg is allowing himself to be disappointed. This matters. For many seasons, the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center has pushed a human “scorecard” that shows remarkable progress spanning 150 years. Poverty had fallen, Professor Lomborg declared brightly in his book ‘How Much have Global Problems Cost the … Continue reading “Bjorn Lomborg and the Crown of Resolute Optimism about human progress”

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US, Denmark are good examples of countries that got rich – just not quickly & spectacularly

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2017


There’s no such thing as an economic miracle, declared George Mason economics professor Tyler Cowen on Bloomberg View, describing the boring consistency displayed by the US and Denmark over decades. Professor Cowen told it like it – it’s steadiness that makes a country wealthy and well-governed, and that without good governance there can’t be great wealth … Continue reading “US, Denmark are good examples of countries that got rich – just not quickly & spectacularly”

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Cruelest blow if Trump stopped migrants sending money home. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2016


Not too long ago, Donald Trump suggested he would force Mexico to pay for ‘The Wall’ by withholding the repatriation of Mexican workers’ remittances from the US. That would not be legal. And it may be impossible to enforce. But hypothetically speaking, if it happened, that would be one of the single biggest blows to … Continue reading “Cruelest blow if Trump stopped migrants sending money home. Here’s why”

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Close the digital divide by going straight through to mobile broadband

by Rashmee

Posted on January 29, 2015


How best to close the digital divide, especially if you’re a developing country with finite resources and a lot of mouths to feed? India, Afghanistan, Haiti come to mind – each is at a different stage of development, but each is definitely not part of the developed world Bjorn Lomborg, an adjunct professor at the … Continue reading “Close the digital divide by going straight through to mobile broadband”

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The digital road is the only way towards faster, holistic development

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2015


Bjørn Lomborg recommends the digital road out of poverty as for the developing world. Mr Lomborg should know or at least should be able to make a pretty good guess. He’s an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and has written copiously – and controversially – about the world’s problems (not least climate change and … Continue reading “The digital road is the only way towards faster, holistic development”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK