Saturday, May 11, 2013

Prof. Bremer cites Paul Dosh on WB blog

This is what Professor Bremer wrote as a comment on the World Bank blog: People Spaces Deliberation. It would be great if she could write the opening blog.

Paul Dosh (Demanding the Land) identified the four strategies that local communities use to get what they want/need in the informal communities where most of them live these days: militancy (large angry marches), alliances (trading votes for services), taking it (illegal grid connections), or building it themselves (self-help). Any one of these strategies may work better than the others in a given context, but the question that this very interesting blog post implicitly asks (that is, dances around) is, which of these strategies is the Bank really comfortable with being part of? Any of them at all?