In the current issue (24 November 2014) of The New Republic Michael Hobbes has a great article that deals with development ('How To Save The World'). He begins the article with the infamous PlayPump fiasco.
Hobbes also tackles the Millennium Villages Project's failure in the village of Dertu, Kenya. It looked to me like the place was left worse off than it was before the MVP rode into town.
To be fair, I should note that's but one of a number of MVP efforts. The MVP is the brainchild of economist Jeff Sachs, author of The End of Poverty and other similar books. He is also director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
I should also mention that I am reading (and enjoying) William (Bill) Easterly's book, The Tyranny of Experts. Sachs and Easterly are often on opposite sides (an understatement) of the debate about international development. Easterly also wrote The White Man's Burden. He is a professor at NYU.
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"It seemed like such a good idea at the time: a merry-go-round hooked up to a water pump." - Michael Hobbes