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Admitting Failure, excellent idea | 

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One of the hardest things for any organization working in development — or, well, anyone doing anything — is to readily acknowledge failure.

So some Canadian engineers want to make it easier.

For example, Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, got media attention Monday for sort of acknowledging failure. Chan admitted the WHO is not performing well, but said this is because it is over-extended — “asked to do more and more” — and inadequately funded.

I’m not sure that’s so much an admission of failure as it is also a little bit of finger-pointing (since WHO depends upon donor funding to do its job). Continue reading