Some say if you cannot find an alternative then one has no right to offer a critique. For me, this attitude in itself in an insight into the weaknesses of contemporary [development] because not only does it discourage the kind of debate that is essential to addressing complex challenges, it puts one in a mindset of favouring solutions over analysis.
I offer more questions than answers, I provide more clues than solutions. I make no apology for this.
As students, what is our role? I think it is to ask questions. It is to use our naiveté to explore the boxes that haven't yet grown so high as to obstruct our vision. It is to consider the ideas of others, to create those of our own, to inquire about lenses and constructs and biases and truths…. Analysis within global development leaves little for the optimist’s play. It is deeply critical and often leaves you only more confounded by the complexities in the nature of human activity. The saying goes, If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Could the same be applied to development critique? If you don’t have any solutions to propose, don’t say anything at all. I say, questions form the foundation of my education and are the fuel to my globally-inquisitive fire.
Writing for the sake of writing is important. Especially in an environment where literacy is only exercised when tied to marking schemes and scores. This blog is bound to be a flurry of questions. It is a collective project intended to use the written word to articulate intense curiosity and frustration. It is meant to be a place for those who share the itch for change to motivate each other to keep learning, keep growing, and foster individual understanding. Self-growth in its most pure form can only occur through collective effort.
Let this be a space for anyone to offer more questions than answers, and provide no apology for this.
-Kyela de Weerdt