In order to find ways to contribute to the human development of Campania while better caring for the archaeological heritage, the Apolline Project recently hosted Alexander Smithers, a Masters student of Cultural Heritage and International Development currently at the University of East Anglia under the supervision of Dr Akira Matsuda. Research carried out during this visit will form the basis of a management plan intended to further these goals. As the Apolline Project aspires to be as open as possible, we asked him to write a few pages on his findings so far which we have now posted on our website. We have done this in order to stimulate discussion in the area of public archaeology and how it intersects with development issues. We hope that we can start a debate on these pages in response to this, considering the valuable contributions made in this field by many scholars to Blogging Pompeii.