What Works in the Third World?

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When an acquaintance in Dar es Salaam invited me to visit her family in an ujamaa (communal) village, I jumped at the opportunity. Hemmed in by the Indian Ocean on one side and groves of mango trees, coconut palms, jackfruit (which resemble large basketballs) and the infamous durian plant, with its succulent pulp of fine flavour but skunk-like smell, on the other, we careered southwards for 100 miles along a washboard road to the Rufiji River. There we navigated inland over a series of dirt paths until we reached our destination: numerous clumps of neat, thatched huts nestled astride the river bank.


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Notes and References

  1. A penetrating essay on human agency, on which I have drawn, is Alan Gilbert, ‘Democracy and Individuality,’ Social Philosophy and Policy, 3(2) Spring 1986, pp. 19–58.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Some of the material on Mauritania is borrowed from ‘Drought Turns Nomads’ World Upside Down’, New York Times, 3 March 1985Google Scholar
  3. Mauritania ‘Poorer Nations Get Poorer as Recession Eases’, Africa News, 21(13) 26 September 1983, p. 6.Google Scholar
  4. The sentences quoted from V. S. Naipaul can be found in The Return of Eva Peron (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980) p. 141Google Scholar
  5. V. S. Naipaul A Bend in the River (New York: Vintage Books, 1979) p. 27.Google Scholar
  6. See the commentary by Aristide Zolberg, ‘Frantz Fanon — A Gospel for the Damned’, Encounter, 27 (5) November 1966, pp. 56–63.Google Scholar
  7. Garrett Hardin’s views are set forth in his ‘Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor’, Psychology Today, 8(4) 8 September 1974, pp. 38ff.Google Scholar
  8. Seminal work on the ‘objective problem’ is Celso Furtado, Accumulation and Development: The Logic of Industrial Civilization, trans Suzette Macedo (New York: St Martin’s Press, 1983);Google Scholar
  9. Celso Furtado, No to Recession and Unemployment: An Examination of the Brazilian Economic Crisis (London: Third World Foundation, 1984);Google Scholar
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  11. Data on arms sales are derived from the Independent Commission on International Development Issues, North-South: A Program for Survival (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1980) p. 117; ‘Cost-Effective Job Creation’, and ‘The Third World Limits Its Arsenals’, articles in the New York Times on 22 September 1982, and 18 March 1984, respectively.Google Scholar
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  19. Much of my information on oil is derived from Anthony Sampson, The Seven Sisters: The Great Oil Companies and the World They Shaped (New York: Bantam Books, 1976);Google Scholar
  20. Jack Anderson, with James Boyd, Fiasco (New York: Times Books, 1983);Google Scholar
  21. Jack Anderson, with James Boyd, ‘Energy Upheaval: Questions about OPEC, Past and Future’, New York Times, 3 October 1983.Google Scholar
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  23. Cuba’s policy toward the pharamaceuticals is described by Mike Muller, The Health of Nations: An Investigation of the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Exploitation of the Third World for Profit (London: Faber & Faber, 1982), especially p. 65Google Scholar
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  26. The argument about the division of labour in agriculture is presented in Kevin Danaher, Myths of African Hunger (San Francisco: Institute for Food and Development Policy, 1985) p. 2.Google Scholar

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© James H. Mittelman 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queens CollegeCity University of New YorkUSA

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