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Is ‘economic development’ always a good thing? David Mitchell made us wonder…

Economic development’s a good thing, right?! Isn’t the clue in the name? Turns out it's not always that clear – this little clip does a great job of explaining why

At Economy, we like to question things - and we really like Peep Show. So when we came across this tongue-in-cheek piece about economic 'development' with British comedian David Mitchell, it was a very happy Thursday in the office.

In this short clip from Survival International, two intrepid explorers journey into the jungle to bring the people some 'sustainable  - but when you hear the challenges they face it might leave you questioning whether it was even a good idea at all.

David Mitchell and Survival International venture into the jungle

Our favourite bit: ‘We even tried empowering them, but their reaction was much more powerful than we expected.'

What do you think? Do people want to be ‘developed’? And what does ‘development’ even mean? Why not let us know your questions and thoughts in the comments section below or just your favourite Mark Corrigan quote.

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