Thread Hop incoming!
Don't know if this was brought up before, but I'll direct people interested in the topic to Survival International
(a charity run to support the rights of tribal and indigenous groups), and their Progress Can Kill education initiative. It provides a lot of good reasons why people's views of what helps other cultures, specifically tribal cultures, can be heavily flawed and lead to very serious problems, such as health problems as well as depression and associated activities like addiction and suicide.
In essence, my view is that is that there are obviously ways in which changing the way that a culture operates which directly better people's quality of life (better healthcare, promoting equality among prejudiced communities, etc.) are good, but you've got to understand what you're doing rather than looking at it from a view of cultural, moral or intellectual superiority and just blindly assuming.
edited 11th Dec '11 11:54:45 AM by MadeOfAxes