Individual skills are a priority in development policies concerned with bridging the socio-economic divide between the global North and South. Increased disenchantment with the models that have dominated relations between the North and the South since the end of colonialism – whether top-down or bottom-up (Stohr 1981) – has yielded the notion that a more productive way of developing the South is to help the people living there to acquire skills and know-how (Sen 1997; Karnani 2006). While there does seem to be agreement on this, the search is still on for the most effective social formations to help close the gap, as is the quest for the mechanisms most suitable for developing the South.
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