August 29, 2006
Development as Follow Through or Under-Development As Attention Deficit Disorder
Doing a bit of macro-economic research to justify some lies I am about to tell with respect to a financing project - well not lies, maquillage, some beautifying and promoting, and having the occasion to reflect on one of the great failings of MENA region governmental services - the sustained production of useful information.
Note the word sustained. I am .... well not surprised but irritated, frustrated and otherwise unhappy ... given my expectation that last years useful updating of statistical series X has not been followed through. No, the Attention Deficit Disorder Statisticians have decided to do an utterly different series (of fuck all utility to the investor, although I guess some academic might find it useful).
Not in any way a suprise. If one looks up any given random MENA region Ministry one finds in general a goodly number of interesting one-off studies, statistical publications and the like.
But they're one offs, and who the bloody fuck knows when they'll be updated. The idea of sustained, if boring, focus on providing consistent, regular, even if imperfect, data as a real value-add service by a government to the business community and as something none-PRish as a way to promote investment - well it just ain't there.
Of course there is an issue that the donors/appear to have the same "let's do this sexy study to justify our budget" rather than plugging away at the same, if pedestrain subject.
People like me need consistent data. Consistent, regularly provided information. Imperfections are fine. Just do it every fucking year!
But no, collaboration and attention to market / consumer / constituent needs are gravely lacking in developing markets and are a key hurdle. Nothing like working in data poor environments. Of course if one is already in control of said information in said environement - well there is money to be made. Under the table money, but money.
As usual, incentives are hidden in the equation. Real ones, not the theoretical why aren't people all warm and fuzzy ones.
Posted by The Lounsbury at August 29, 2006 08:58 PM
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You've been rather quiet of late. Is all well or are you simply enjoying domestic bliss ?
Posted by: mark safranski at September 9, 2006 05:58 AM
Home DSL out and working desperately to save a deal from collapsing; real disaster if it does, probably will cost us a few millions. Moron down from London went around offending local end partners etc.
Will be a few weeks before I resurface.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at September 9, 2006 01:02 PM
Understood. Good luck then.
Posted by: mark safranski at September 10, 2006 05:04 PM
Ramadan should give me time to come back.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at September 11, 2006 10:31 PM