As a group of engineers that are often exposed to talks on engineering and development, it was good to hear the perspective of someone that studies democracy, because though a separate topic from development, it is very much a related and interdependent issue. The best part of the presentation, in my opinion was his two opening comments, which I thought were spot on:
1) Often people doing development work assume the area they are working in is still “developing”, which is often wrong. Many places have simply stagnated or in decline.
2) That governments in general are happy to receive development help from outsiders
This week our job was to go over a paper by Crider et al and extract whatever data we found useful to developing a business model for the Dhaka project. The paper was great and we got a lot of useful info to work with.