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Or what the development mafia could learn from hackers

why do most development programmes result in unforeseen outcomes? because…

Interventions in rural India — by companies and government — are surrounded by tens of thousands (if not lakhs and millions) of people looking for ways to improve their lot in life. As they try to use these interventions in a manner that will maximise personal gain, subversion is one of the outcomes — village elites trying to get family members into position of power , the local grain trader accessing the PDS system by retaining the BPL card of someone he has lent to, a farmer pushing a poor harvest into the government’s procurement machinery by bribing the buyer who, as it were, is similarly seeking to maximise his own private gain.

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