Papers in the “Perspectives on…” series are written to explain the relevance of a particular topic to the international development assistance effort. Often the development process is painted in broad terms, sometimes even in sweepingly general ones: deprivation, governance, institutions, social safety net, infrastructure. It isn’t always clear that these broad terms encompass a multitude of narrower topics, even though attention to narrower topics may be important in understanding the broader ones and may even provide a means for addressing them. In this sense,
development is a mosaic of elements that fit together to constitute a whole. These papers look at the elements. None of these short papers is meant to analyze its topic, for that the reader is encouraged to go to other sources; instead, each is meant to clarify why that topic should be of concern to the international development practitioner.