Monday, January 23, 2012

The fine line between critique and criticism

The NRC newspaper recently published an editorial in the on recent developments in Haiti. The author, Linda Polman, is known as a vehement critic of the way development and emergency relief is organized. When such critique helps identify flaws in current processes and aims to open up constructive debate, it can be very useful in terms of improving existing practices. But considering the desperate situation of Haiti, coupled to the negative political climate in the Netherlands vis à vis development cooperation, this article provided destructive criticism, and not much more than that.