Demystifying Development Terms

Sustainable development is defined as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. (Brundtland Report)
While the term ‘sustainable development’ had the potential to become the foundation for positive economic and environmental reforms, it is questionable whether it has achieved this goal or whether it has been used to coat unfettered economic growth with futile environmental and social reforms. A primary concern with the concept of sustainable development is that it continues down a trajectory of societal change that is ethnocentric. The ‘sustainable development’ approach presumes that all societies are headed in the same direction and that the differences among them can be understood primarily through their level of development. Furthermore, sustainable development seeks to reconcile two contradictory goals: environmental protection and economic growth. It does so by prioritizing economic growth at the great expense of environmental protection. 

Summit Foundation (SUFO)

SUFO is a Ugandan based charity founded in 2008 with a mission to contribute to ending poverty and injustices in the world through building the capacity of the local young men and women to effectively conduct policy research, analyses and advocacy; provide and sustain credible policy ideas; and establish strategic partnerships with civil societies and governments to meaningfully strengthen adherence to fundamental human rights, deepen local democracy and expand livelihoods opportunities for...

By Job Collins | 31 January 2012

No Return but Not Forgotten


Beddawi refugee camp, established in 1955 is situated in North Lebanon 5km from Tripoli. Currently housing more than 16,000 Palestinian refugees, the camp is categorised with problems of poverty, unemployment and inadequate provision of basic services.

Through UNIPAL a UK charity, I spent four weeks teaching English in summer remedial classes at Beit Atfal Assamoud; a centre providing a wide range of services to the people of the camp.

By Zeenat Islam | 21 August 2011

Africa's Pointless Debate: Aid vs. Infrastructure


It is often stated in arguments, that hand outs and foreign aid is what is ruining Africa; making the people dependent on the west. It is also common knowledge that the infrastructure of most African countries leaves much to be desired. According to The Economist, a shortage of roads, housing, water, sanitation and electricity reduces sub-Saharan output by about 40%.

Infrastructure is obviously key to the success of countries as far as citizen wellbeing is concerned, but is it the deciding factor? Despite the ongoing drought and famine suffered by the people in the horn of Africa, many African states have indeed risen out of the World Bank's poor category, and up into the middle income category. Even in this, we know that poor infrastructures are holding such countries (i.e. Nigeria) back from progress.

By Lara Akinnawo | 03 August 2011

Corruption Has Spread Like Wildfire through Cambodia’s Forest Industry


Illegal logging in Cambodia is a prime source of income for the country’s plethora of corrupt officials. The Cambodian army - unaccountably large since the end of civil war and the winding down of its defensive functions - has replaced its military occupations with corrupt practices. The military in densely wooded areas now oversees the illegal logging trade, extorting money from its operators when soldiers are not themselves directly involved in felling and processing the country’s valuable woodland.

By Kate O'Loughlin | 28 February 2011