Harry Truman Inaugural Address of January 1949, that single speech that changed the outlook of International Development and the Involvement of the USA in it.
For heads of state, celebrity activists, and heralded intellectuals—the agenda setters whose Powerpoints prescribe the policy goals—the distance from reality is even more profound than for low-level consultants like me. For these notables, new hotels and traffic lights are constructed in anticipation of their visits, creating an illusion of progress. To be part of this […]
By definition, international development projects have narrow objectives, shortlived, and are not institutionalized. “Even though we know better” Harlan Cleveland said half a century ago,“ we are still tackling twenty-year problems with five-year plans based on two-year personnel working with one-year appropriations. All too frequently projects are also determined less by what countries need than […]
Over the nine weeks of the UN’s founding conference in San Francisco, participants consumed seventy-eight tons—a half-million sheets—of paper per day, propelling a fetish that led Canada’s Lester Pearson, an early leader of the United Nations, to describe that organization in as“drowning in its own words and suffocating in its own documents.”
This inaugural lecture has 4 points as below; 1. we will continue to give unfaltering support to the United Nations and related agencies, and we will continue to search for ways to strengthen their authority and increase their effectiveness. 2.we will continue our programs for world economic recovery. 3. we will strengthen freedom-loving nations against […]