Developing Insecurity: Sorcery, Witchcraft and Melanesian Economic Development


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Richard Eves, Miranda Forsyth

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Discussion paper

There are compelling reasons for development practitioners to see sorcery and witchcraft as a serious human rights issue, particularly when it leads to accusations, torture and killings. However, in this Discussion Paper we argue that development practitioners should also see sorcery and witchcraft as a serious development issue, for the culture of insecurity they create undermines the goals of poverty reduction and development through inhibiting entrepreneurial efforts, as we explain below.

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