This blog takes its name from the best metaphor I can come up with for development policy and practice these days. Development is plagued by an echo chamber of misunderstanding with regard to life and events in the developing world. We expect the world to work in a certain manner. Therefore, we gather data to measure the expected workings of the world and analyze those data through frameworks founded on the very understandings of the world they are meant either to affirm or to challenge. In addition, by our choice of data, and our means of analysis, we end up affirming that the world does indeed work the way we thought it did. This handcuffs any effort to understand and improve the well-being of those living on what I call globalization’s shoreline.
We need to find a new way to learn about life and events on globalization’s shoreline to break out of this echo chamber. This blog is but one contribution to this process . . .
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