This article made me aware of an interesting term – Technocratic Illusion.
the technocratic illusion that poverty results from a shortage of expertise, whereas poverty is really about shortage of rights. The problem of emphasis on the problem of expertise makes the problem of rights worse… We have to reopen the debate on the rights of the poor
– The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, William Easterly
In other words – the idea that clever people in rich countries can fix poor countries with technical solutions that sidestep the messiness of political action and social reform.