It was a year to forget. Covid-19, in all its variants, rolled across the world like a malignant fog. The pandemic sickened millions, causing deaths among the elderly and vulnerable and throwing entire sets of spanners into the wheel of economic recovery. It was as if it wanted to prove that while science may often find the answers, Nature, entirely disinterested in human progress, constantly changes the question.
In a riveting new book, a veteran aid worker offers a damning critique of a misguided approach to alleviating poverty in the developing world.