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International Development: The Role of Fiction in Training and Public Awareness

Posted by John Powell on March 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM

The effort by industrialised countries to assist in the development of newly independent and less advanced countries has now been underway for half a century. Much has been learned that will be of use to future technical experts and consultants with an ambition to work in this field, and universities in the USA, UK and elsewhere have set up training courses to prepare these people for the task ahead. Most of the materials used on these courses are dry technical reports that impart the facts but do not always convey the human interest. Here is where fiction written against an accurate technical and historical background has much to offer in sweetening the pill of studying and conveying the total human milieu in which socio-economic progress must be achieved. Fiction can also serve a purpose in providing the layperson and general reader, whose taxes and charitable donations fund the work, but who does not read the technical reports, with a palatable insight into the vast field of international development.

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Reply Ralph Moshage
11:37 PM on June 18, 2012 
Interresting idea, but I think that real life stories and examples would generate more interest in Appropriate Technology development work.

Reply John Powell
10:15 AM on August 6, 2012 
Thanks for your comment Ralph. You should be right but in practice I have found that the real life stories only reach those already working in the field of international development. My aim in writing 'The Colonial Gentleman's Son' was to try to reach a wider readership.