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Date: 2017-07-27 Page is: DBtxt001.php L070-OVERVIEW


OVERVIEW
PROGRESS / POSSIBILITIES / UNDER-ACHIEVEMENT

A COLLECTION OF GRAPHICS FROM AROUND 2000

The arc of history ... huge technological progress, but not so much progress for society and global peace and prosperity

THE PERFORMANCE OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A COLLECTION OF GRAPHICS FROM AROUND 2000

The underperformance of socio-economic development in the 50+ years since independence has been dramatic ... with almost total lack of accountability for the dismal outcomes
The graphics that follow were prepared around 2000, after more than 20 years of involvement in international development and humanitarian relief.
See also the Burgess manuscript titled 'Turning Development Upside Down'
Check out the manuscript for TURNING DEVELOPMENT UPSIDE DOWN Open n1-Burgess-M-TDUD

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Incredible recent progress
For thousands of years, there was relatively little progress but in recent times there has been amazing technological progress. and this progress is accelerating. In spite this progrees in technology, the progress for society has been much less, and for some societies, very little progress at all.
Fixing Failed Development
TPB note: In the 1980s and 1990s I did many assignments associated with international development assistance and humanitarian relief. Compared to my previous experience in corporate management, the lack of progress and lack of effective management information was striking. This graphic series sets out some of the elements of my concern

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FLOWS OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE
SOME GRAPHICS FROM AROUND 2000

At the end of the colonial era circa 1960 there was a lot of knowledge and experience embedded in the staff of the old colonial administrations.
Some of this transferred to the new 'Development' institutions like the World Bank, the UN and other development agencies, but most was lost.
Academically trained development experts with insignificant field experience explain in large part why so many development projects failed to meet their goals.

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Interaction between NORTH and SOUTH
Since independence, most countries have received the bulk of international assistance through their government. Organizations like the World Bank, the United Nations and bilateral aid agencies are all part of a system that is dominated by government and the associated constraints.

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A Better Interaction between NORTH and SOUTH
A better way to get development assistance should be through the private sector ... but this is not always the case. The private sector of extracting profit from alll economic activity can be as damaging as the inefficiency of government.

WHY? HOW? WHAT? and also WHO? WHERE? WHEN?
ACCOUNTING FOR EVERYTHING ... MULTI DIMENSION ... MULTI PERSPECTIVE ... EVERY ISSUE
There is systemic dysfunction in the socio-enviro-economic stystem. Wrong metrics and incentives are a contibuting cause of this dysfunctional. We need measures that enable everyone to make better decisions and reward them ... a uniform universal system of true value accounting that provides accounting and accountability to everyone about everything, everywhere all the time.
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THOUSANDS OF ISSUES
SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION NEEDS SYSTEM SOLUTIONS

The idea that there is a single silver bullet that will solve big problems is insane!
NAVIGATION TO THOUSANDS OF ISSUES
ISSUES ... what is in the contemporary dialog
NAVIGATION to thousands of textfile webpages organized in download sequence (chronological) ... a timeline of what people are writing about. These webpages contain text from a variety of sources including news reports, websites etc about issues that have a high profile at the current time.
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ISSUES ... about specific issues
NAVIGATION to thousands of webpages organized by ISSUE / SUBJECT alphabetical ... building a framework for understanding
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NEWS - STORIES - COMMENTARY
NAVIGATION via MEDIA ORGANIZATION
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SOME OF THE MOST CRITICAL ISSUES
ISSUES - Focus on a selection of key issues
SOME KEY ISSUES MOST RELEVANT TO THE PROGRESS OF THE SOCIO-ENVIRO-ECONOMIC SYSTEM
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ISSUES involving BANKS, MONEY AND FINANCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
DYSFUNCTION IN BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES CAN POSE AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS FOR THE SOCIO-ENVIRO-ECONOMIC SYSTEM
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ISSUE ... THE PROBLEM OF SYSTEMIC DYSFUNCTION
Modern Western performance optimization is all about investors and wealth, and rather little about the impact on people and planet. Wealth creation is about the money dimension without taking into consideration the externalities that effect people and nature.
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ISSUE ... UNSUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC TRENDS
Economists have identified many of the important unsustainable economic trends, but hardly any meaningful political action has been taken to solve the underlying systemic problems.
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ISSUE ... IGNORING CLIMATE CHANGE
Scientific researchers have identified climate change as a major existential risk for our socio-enviro-economic system that gets worse and worse the longer it is ignored.
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ISSUE ... INADEQUATE METRICS
YOU MANAGE WHAT YOU MEASURE ... THEREFORE MEASURE WHAT MATTERS
Profits. money wealth, stock prices and GDP growth are measures that work for owners, but less so for everyone else. They are inadequate because they only consider the economic or financial dimension of the system, ignoring society and ignoring nature and the environment. There are many issues including the way accounting has been gamed to allow reporting that would normally not be allowed if the basic fundamental principles of double entry accoutncy were being applied.
We need better metrics for everything that is important in the socio-enviro-economic system. We need metrics to enable people to make better decisions so that the performance of the complex enviro-socio-economic is as good as possible. There are many different approaches to better metrics and many different actors involved in research and development of better metrics.
There is a mistaken idea that more organizational profit results in better quality of life when more profit is often achieved with less payroll and there is a related drop in quality of life. Less spending on pollution control may result in higher profits, but it comes at the expense of more pullution and assiated bad impacts.
PROFITS, MONEY WEALTH, STOCK PRICES and GDP GROWTH are inadequate metrics as they only consider the economic or financial dimension of the system, ignoring society and ignoring nature and the environment. We need better metrics for everything that is important. We need metrics to enable people to make better decisions so that the performance of the complex enviro-socio-economic is as good as possible.
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PROGRESS / POSSIBILITIES / UNDER-ACHIEVEMENT
The arc of history ... huge recent progress, but not so much in the SOUTH
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DATA DRIVEN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
People live their lives in a community ... and every community is different
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COMMUNITY CENTRIC SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
People live their lives in a community ... and every community is different
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RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FUND FLOWS
Fund flow is a key part of relief and development ... and lacks efficiency, transparency and accountability
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HISTORY ... PROGRESS / POSSIBILITIES / UNDER-ACHIEVEMENT
The arc of history ... huge recent progress, but not so much in the SOUTH
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