Almost universal lip service is now paid to the value of awareness of local knowledge/ local voices particularly in planning effective public health measures. This list provides many examples of good practice and evidence for why such knowledge is important. The link below, however, shows how bias still thrives below the bonnet.
Yours, frustrated and angry in equal measure
HIFA profile: Mike Powell is a Development Researcher/ Consultant at Emergent Works in the UK. Professional interests: Knowledge and development, ITC and development, Public Health, History of the above subjects. Email address: m.powell AT pop3.poptel.org.uk