I have worked in and around communication for development for many decades. I first worked for CBC radio and television in Montreal in the 70's and received an IDRC professional development award to adapt this work to development. This led to a year's internship with the Radio School Movement in Latin American and later to CENDIT in India. Since then I have worked in development through other sectors (water and sanitation, irrigation and drainage, agriculture, NRM, environment and livelihoods) and brought communication thinking to these sectors. At least that is what I tried to do and therein lies the point of the problem. This is possible in short spurts that flare and die particularly if there are no champions around to keep the thinking alive. I have had a lot of experience with the short flares - Ghana, Mozambique, Egypt and Pakistan. In 2004 I moved to Afghanistan and worked with Afghan NGOs on livelihood projects. During this period I wrote a paper for the upcoming WCCD (October 2006) and during the writing began to understand that it was not that decision makers didn't understand the value of communication (they did particularly if it was public relations or information) but they didn't want to use it. This was true most often for participatory communication which, if used properly would inevitably change any preconceived plan put together by donors or governments. I realized that communication was not the problem but that the way development was being imposed lay at the root of it. This is not a popular notion nor is my dismay at the idea of MDGs which I believe are no different to the other attempts at rallying donors and government (water decade, health decade etc.). They make us all feel better but don't fundamentally change our way of thinking. Before this turns into a rant I would like to say that I continue to be interested in these issues and feel that new experiences happening outside my own world may be offering answers to some of these questions. In the end I think that our struggles with communication (participatory) are really another way of looking at development.