Is Effectiveness Killing Happiness?

Development practitioners have a very big responsibility. Our job will always affect people.This affirmation is not to increase our self-importance, but rather to make us reflect on how every intervention can affect the course of human lives for many years to come. As a student, I am increasingly worried about our ‘numerization’ of results. Today, world wide systems work according to the ‘market logic’. As a result, everything can be measured by a given scale, … Read more…

Happy Life, Sustainable Life

This week we’re looking at the different ideas relating to happiness and a happy life. This will be the starting point to the discussion on the UN Sustainable Development Goals which in themselves hold a potential to put the advancement of human happiness at the center of development.  We grow up in a passive aggressive system where words such as ‘saving’, ‘austerity’ and ‘amity’ are recognized as synonyms of unhappiness. A system where ‘indulgence’, ‘immoderation’, ‘luxurious’ and ‘individualism’ … Read more…