""Development aid usually has some value. At some point in time the benefits will always trickle down to the poorest of the poor, who are most often women."
Sri Lankan development worker Kamala Peiris loathes this way of thinking, on the grounds that it is simply not true. Poor women are in no way benefited by the development worker who comes to 'help'. They can be helped, however, by workers willing to experience the double delight of the twice golden handshake: the delight of a successfully making their work obsolete and expieriencing the delight of the women they have trained.
A handbook in participatory development work.
In cooperation with InDRA ⁄University of Amsterdam"