XKCD on World Polio Day

Health worker administrates polio-vaccine drops to a child during anti-polio immunization campaign at Pak-Afghan Border on April 08, 2015

I am a huge fan of XKCD, and enjoyed this comic he drew for World Polio Day for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I love the way it teases the innovation fetish which you see in some parts of the international development world.

XKCD on World Polio Day

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  2. Thanks for sharing this comic, I really enjoyed it. I often wonder about the role of innovation in addressing international development (especially since recently I recently read some of C.K. Prahalad’s writings), and I’ve never thought about innovation fetishizing as a prominent feature of international development. While the comic clearly satirizes this aspect of the development field, what kind of role do you (or others) think innovation plays in development? What constitutes a “healthy” level of focus on innovation (since it is essential to a certain extent)?

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