A different approach to Development

Development should not be seen as a salvation practice from the so-called First World to the Third World. It should not focus on the western discourse of rescuing the poor from the other world maintaining the distance but creating universal rules of salvation and stereotypes around this “other” world.

The definition of development should be, as Jan Nederveen Pieterse states, a practice in social learning, not static and in constant evolution. As Amartya Sen describes it, development should be understood as the expansion of choice and opportunities to promote local agency; and, as explained by Susan Schech and Jane Haggis, not only culture should be at the center of the understanding of development but also, development itself, should be considered as a cultural process.

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