Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

In the classroom, we have relentlessly discussed the disparities between the developed and developing countries. We recognize differences in the way governments may perceive their roles, the way finances and revenues are handled, and civil society’s disposition to various circumstances. In my research, I have found this to be true in a very surprising way. In almost every instance I have presented my project proposal to “Westerners” I have received a tremendous amount of support–both tangibly and ideologically. People seem to not only believe that the project is innovative, but that that it is also possible and could hold great value in improving disaster management in the Philippines. As my time in the Philippines continues, I find myself faced with much more speculation. There are two types of doubts: doubt of it’s value and doubt of it’s possibility.

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