Is humanitarian design coming from Europe and America seen as a new kind of imperialism by poor Asian and African countries?

Bruce Nussbaum wrote a thought provoking article in this week’s Fast Company’s Co Design. He wonders why American and European designs meant to improve living conditions in the developing regions of Asia and Africa don’t always receive much support. He gives an example of the failure of a touchscreen pad device from the One Laptop Per Child program that didn’t find any takers in either India, China or most of its targeted countries. Nussbaum questions if these designs are perceived as some kind of techno-imperialism and are the designers from the West collaborating with right partners from the local countries.

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