The Forces of Nature

In most parts of the world, people have learned how to curb the forces of nature. However, there are still places where this has not taken place yet.

Recently, I was invited by the Government of the State in South Sudan I work in. The Governor reminded everybody that a good administration should always follow a bottom-up approach and that consultations should take place in the “bomas”, the small grass root communities, first. Then, in the counties and finally, at the state level where the final consolidation is done.

After pausing for an instant, he looked around the table and noticed that the commissioner, the ministers and the general directors were all from the capital city.

The governor then said “Well, there are always exceptions and our State is one of those. Due to the floods caused by the heavy rains, large parts of the country are still isolated and everyone has problems travelling to and from the capital. This is why WE are using a top-down approach.”

Story by Enrico Pausill, edited by “E” and Peter Casier
Picture courtesy Ulrik Pedersen

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