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Redeeming REDD by Michael I. Brown

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7    Social feasibility and its components

Development and conservation practitioners have yet to explain why results and impacts historically in either ODA or privately funded development and biodiversity conservation activities have fallen short of expectations. Various explanations looking retrospectively at the data as to why this has occurred were covered in Chapters 1 and 3. Debate still abounds. Its implications shape the future success or failure of REDD.

Banerjee and Duflo’s (2011) argument is appealing: by resisting “the kind of lazy, formulaic thinking that reduces every problem to the same set of general principles”, and by listening to poor people, establishing “rigorous empirical testing to establish a toolbox of effective policies”, ...

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