chapter  16
The Developmentalist Origins and Evolution of Planning Education in Sub-Saharan Africa, c. 1940 to 2010
ByNancy Odendaal, James Duminy and Daniel K.B. Inkoom
Pages 16

In an introduction to an entry on “Planning” in the Development Dictionary, Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar argues that planning is inextricably linked to development discourse:

As the application of scientific and technical knowledge to the public domain, planning lent legitimacy to, and fuelled hopes about, the development enterprise. Generally speaking, the concept of planning embodies the belief that social change can be engineered and directed, produced at will.