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Barren Promises

Season 2 | Episode 5

It promised to turn the desert green. Billions of dollars and almost two decades later, not only have these promises not been realized, but the continued obsession with similar projects has diverted important resources. In this episode, we look at the New Valley development project in Egypt and other White Elephant projects. Why do governments continue to pursue wasteful projects with dubious benefits? How can our generation change the development paradigm?

Host: Niko Marcich
Researcher: Dominick Giovanniello and Balthazar Merrin
Guest Interview: Professor of Development Politics at UVA, Robert Fatton

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