The Politics of Poverty

Ideas and analysis from Oxfam America's policy experts

human rights

In his new book, William Easterly argues that development "experts" should stop focusing on technical inputs for farmers like Odette Camara (above), and instead focus on individuals' economic and political rights.  Here, Camara draws water from a well in Bandafassie village in southeastern Senegal. Farmers in her area had a bad harvest in 2011. Looking ahead to the next growing season in 2012, she said, “If things go badly we will always find a way to get by.” Photo: Brett Eloff / Oxfam America Active citizens & accountable states

The Tyranny of Experts and other development myths

"Economic and political rights are a huge part of the story of how we developed in rich countries. For the rest of the world, we have a very different model of how development happens."