Management of Errors and Development Cooperation

Helmut Jaeger: Fehler-Management in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Welche Konsequenzen hat die Arsen-Katastrophe in Bangladesch? Curare 40 (2017) 4

10 Pages Posted: 3 May 2018

Date Written: April 17, 2018

Abstract

The precautionary principle is widely accepted in international law to guide decisions about proposed interventions. The principle is therefore relevant for interventions promoted as part of development cooperation. Disasters such the arsenic problem in Bangladesh and elsewhere in South and Southeast Asia demonstrate that development interventions are not always guided by the precautionary principle. In Bangladesh, well-intentioned efforts to address a specific problem ended up creating a new problem, i.e., the worst mass poisoning in human history. The arsenic problem in Bangladesh is an example of failures to appreciate and manage complex systems. Concentrating on rapid problem solving can be highly effective on the short run, but reliable sustainability depends on understanding the dynamics of complex and interrelated systems.

Keywords: development cooperation, accountability, error management, arsenic, Bangladesh

JEL Classification: H

Suggested Citation

Jaeger, Helmut, Management of Errors and Development Cooperation (April 17, 2018). Helmut Jaeger: Fehler-Management in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Welche Konsequenzen hat die Arsen-Katastrophe in Bangladesch? Curare 40 (2017) 4. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3164042 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3164042

Helmut Jaeger (Contact Author)

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