I came across a particularly odious Bangladesh related blog recently. I could only read one article and so really I cannot comment on the rest of this cretin’s blog. The particular post I refer to is entitled “What kind of culture embraces wrestling but rejects toilet paper?” He is on a PRA exercise in Sylhet with his NGO and makes this puerile and stupid observation. I guess he wants to appear funny and smart to his mates back home.

It was many years ago when I first read Robert Chambers’ eloquent critique of PRA techniques. They are a move away from traditional and fruitless methods used by geographers, anthroplogists, economists etc but like any social technique there are inherent weaknesses. And with people like the cretin above, deeply mired in prejudice and his own “values,” such methods don’t have a hope in hell.