|We at Global Policy Innovations are saddened by the loss of Oxford University development economist Sanjaya Lall. Professor Lall was a key contributor to the conversation at our Help Wanted event. In the words of colleague Larry Westphal (Swarthmore College, Department of Economics), "Lall became the pre-eminent advocate of a holistic approach to industrial development. He recommended a coherent strategy aimed at bringing the public and private sectors together to exploit the advantages of globalisation" (Financial Times, Obituary, June 29, 2005). His iconoclastic thinking will be missed.|
Positive Deviance is a development approach that is based on the premise that solutions to community problems already exist within the community. The positive deviance approach thus differs from other "needs based" or problem solving approaches in that it does not focus on primarily on the identification of needs and the external inputs necessary to meet those needs or solve those problems. Instead it seeks to identify and optimize those existing community resources and solutions.