Common Errors in Development Work

    History indicates failure of many development activities. One reason is poor knowledge of the local culture, says Xavier Mir Bernado, international cooperation expert at Baobab International Development Consultancy. Lack of project preparation is another, he adds.

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    • Sam Mednick

      Sam Mednick is a Devex Contributing Reporter based in Burkina Faso. Over the past 15 years she has reported on conflict, post-conflict, and development stories from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. She recently spent almost three years reporting on the conflict in South Sudan as the Associated Press correspondent. Her work has also appeared in The New Humanitarian, VICE, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera, among others.