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Slouching Towards Flatland

In 2000, the United Nations articulated eight development goals that all member countries agreed to try to meet by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These development goals are intended to address the eight greatest challenges in global development and alleviate extreme poverty. Many have questioned whether the MDGs are viable or even desirable, but writer Zaid Hassan goes a step further. Hassan likens the MDG mindset to Edwin Abbott’s notion of “Flatland,” a two-dimensional world governed by bureaucrats and powerpoint presentations. Writing from his own experience working within an MDG construct, Hassan invites us to consider the world of possibilities that might be available to us if we reject the development game entirely.

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