haven’t read much of this yet, but opens with a good quote from an army officer about the failures of “nation building” -
â€œHow much development work needs to be
done?â€ The main point is that you canâ€™t do all of the work, since
that makes the local government look inefficient and powerless.
You can only do as much work as the local government can
Classic example â€“ USAID [United States Agency for International
Development] builds a school, but the local government canâ€™t
hire teachers or buy equipment. So the empty school is now a
symbol of the local governmentâ€™s lack of power whenever someone
walks by it. Or a hideout for bad guys."
-US Army officer serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
2009-04-26 20:56:40 UTC