I offer this essay as my own 'contribution' to the agonizing reappraisal of development in general and to the discourse on development undertaken in this book.
The 1988 Congress of the International Society for Development in New Delhi, 1000 strong, was dominated by the theme of crisis.
Some people say, “Oh, if I’m not happy, my children won’t be happy.” But that’s not true.There was a sensation of total bankruptcy in development policy, thinking, theory and ideology. In Latin America per capita income and/or product had fallen by 10 to 15 percent, equivalent to the level of more than a decade before.In Africa, per capita national income had fallen over 25 percent to a level below that at the time of Independence. was re-baptized as one of 'stagnation.' Many economic sectors and social indices deteriorated. In the short run, not development, but crisis management has become the order of the day in much of the South and East (with significant partial exceptions in India, China and the East Asian NICs).Since its launch in 2000, Cupid Media has helped more than 30 million people look for love and grown from strength to strength, becoming one of the top niche dating networks in the world.Through our network of personalized dating services, we aim to connect singles worldwide with their true love, in a safe and fun environment.