lisa monaghan

Ryle (2005). Modern Government and Traditional Structures in South Sudan

This morning I was the agamlong, as the Dinka call it, the interpreter, reading the words of others. This afternoon I am speaking on my own account. There is an English saying, “Don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs.” It warns against lecturing people who know more than you do. So I speak with trepidation. I feel privileged to take part in this discussion, though, a discussion that has been going on among Sudanese for some time. And I salute the Swiss Government for supporting it. This is not routine courtesy. We have seen the spectacle - in Oslo - of donor governments pouring money into Sudan – or promising to do so. They are guided by development schemes and programmes thought up in Washington and Brussels - imported schemes not rooted in an understanding of Sudan, of its complicated history and diverse political economy. Nor of its multifarious wars. Because of this, I fear, the promise of development may remain unfulfilled....

Category: Anthropology and History, Politics and Political Agreements

Sub-category: International Assistance and Interventions, Socio-Cultural Groups and Practices


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