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Why has it ended up here? Development (and other) messages and social connectivity in northern Orissa


  • Alan Rew

    (Centre for Development Studies, University of Wales Swansea, Swansea, UK)


In northern Orissa, official messages about government schemes and UN millennium development goals arrive in the villages; but the subsequent action is perceived as unpredictable, with latent costs, and often not matched to community demands. Messages sent by villagers illustrate the principle of 'self-organizing connectivity'; they travel along complex, indeterminate, social routes yet arrive in good time and without charge; and bring new ways of coping with poverty. The research suggests that significant social development gains are at risk from over-concentration on global millennium development goal supply targets. Insufficient attention is being paid to community demands. Context sensitive and democratised social analysis as a key part of implementation is recommended. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Alan Rew, 2003. "Why has it ended up here? Development (and other) messages and social connectivity in northern Orissa," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(7), pages 925-938.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:15:y:2003:i:7:p:925-938
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1044

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    1. Rew, Alan & Khan, Shahzad & Rew, Martin, 2007. ""P3 > Q2" in Northern Orissa: An Example of Integrating "Combined Methods" (Q2) Through a "Platform for Probing Poverties" (P3)," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 35(2), pages 281-295, February.

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