The international development community needs to take more calculated risks and start broader explorations on the future of development work, the head of a U.K.-based think tank says, explaining that current lines of thinking fail to take into account the potential effects of rapid globalization and technological advancements.
Things in the present are changing “so rapidly” and there are a lot things emerging, such as the internet and mobile technology, that could help the international development community achieve its goal, Lawrence Haddad of the Institute of Development Studies says of why development professionals and thinkers should focus on “reimagining” the future.
“If international development is to transition smoothly to, say, a focus on quality of life, ecological sustainability and human solidarity, we need to begin taking more risks in the present by funding explorations that will either have a very high payoff in the future or will sink without a trace,” he explains in a blog post in the Guardian.
He adds that unless the international development communicty take enough calculated risks at present, it “will only be storing up uncalculated ones for the future.”
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