International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects

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  • Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David Malone and Robinton Medhora

    International Development
    ISBN-10: 0199671664,
    ISBN-13: 978-0199671663
    Oxford University Press
    February 2014

    Thinking on development informs and inspires the actions of people, organizations, and states in their continuous effort to invent a better world. This volume examines the ideas behind development: their origins, how they have changed and spread over time, and how they may evolve over the coming decades. It also examines how the real-life experiences of different countries and organizations have been inspired by, and contributed to, thinking on development.

    The extent to which development ‘works’ depends in part on particular local, historical, or institutional contexts. General policy prescriptions fail when the necessary conditions that make them work are either absent, ignored, or poorly understood. There is a need to grasp how people understand their own development experience. If the countries of the world are varied in every way, from their initial conditions to the degree of their openness to outside money and influence, and success is not centred in any one group, it stands to reason that there cannot be a single recipe for development.

    Each chapter of this book provides an analytical survey of thinking about development that highlights debates and takes into account critical perspectives. It includes contributions from scholars and practitioners from the global North and the global South, spanning at least two generations and multiple disciplines. It will be a key reference on the concepts and theories of development — their origins, evolution, and trajectories — and act as a resource for scholars, graduate students, and practitioners.

    The book can be ordered from the Oxford University Press website.

    International Development: Book Launch and Policy Forum

    4 April 2014, International Peace Institute and United Nations University, New York

    About the Editors

    Bruce Currie-Alder is Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, Cairo, Egypt. His work examines the governance of public research funding and scientific cooperation with developing countries. His past position within IDRC was Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff, facilitating corporate strategy and contributing to Canada’s foreign policy. Before joining IDRC in 2003, he worked on environmental management in the Mexican oil industry and published on grassroots natural resource management in Latin America. He holds a Master’s in natural resource management from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in public policy from Carleton University.

    Ravi Kanbur bridges the worlds of rigorous academic analysis and practical policy making in development economics. He has served at the World Bank in various roles, including resident representative in Ghana, Chief Economist of the African Region, Principal Advisor to the Chief Economist, and Director of the World Development Report. Professor Kanbur has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, Warwick, Princeton, and Columbia. His work spans conceptual, empirical, and policy analysis, including more than 200 publications, many in leading journals. Kanbur is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and holds a DPhil in economics from the University of Oxford.

    David M. Malone is Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Rector of the UN University (UNU) headquartered in Tokyo. Previously, he was President of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and prior to that the Canadian High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal. He has also been the President of the International Peace Academy (New York) and a Canadian ambassador to the United Nations. He joined Canada’s Department of External Affairs in 1975 and served in Ottawa, Cairo, Amman, and New York. Malone is a graduate of Harvard and Oxford Universities, l’Université de Montréal, and the American University in Cairo.

    Rohinton Medhora is the President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Previously Dr Medhora was Vice-President of Programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre, where he undertook a series of leadership roles, including directing the Social and Economic Policy program and heading programs related to international economic relations and economic policy. His publications include ‘Financial Reform in Developing Countries and Finance and Competitiveness in Developing Countries’. Prior to IDRC, Dr Medhora was with the faculty of economics at University of Toronto, where he also earned his PhD.

    Contributing Authors

    Adekeye Adebajo, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town
    Carol Adelman, Center for Global Prosperity, Hudson Institute
    David Olusanya Ajakaiye, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research
    Rodrigo Arocena, University of the Republic, Montevideo
    Armando Barrientos, Brooks World Poverty Institute
    Anthony Bebbington, Clark University
    Mats Berdal, King’s College London
    Julio Berdegué, Latin American Center for Rural Development
    Albert Berry, University of Toronto
    Richard Bird, University of Toronto
    Saturnino M. Borras Jr., International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
    Sylvia Borren, Greenpeace Netherlands
    David Brook, Grand Challenges Canada
    Jose Eduardo Cassiolato, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
    Charles Cater, Security Council Report, New York
    Ling Chen, Tsinghua University
    Gregory Chin, York University, Canada
    Farley Cleghorn, Futures Group
    Bruce Currie-Alder, International Development Research Centre
    Arindam Das-Gupta, Goa Institute of Management
    Kevin Davis, New York University
    Pablo de Greiff, International Center for Transitional Justice
    Fatima Denton, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s African Climate Policy Centre
    Shanta Devarajan, World Bank
    Michele Di Maio, University of Naples ‘Parthenope’
    Timothy G. Evans, BRAC University
    Renato G. Flôres Jr., Fundação Getulio Vargas
    Dugan Fraser, Public Service Commission, South Africa
    Ahmed Galal, Economic Research Forum
    Bo Göransson, Lund University
    Ruth Hall, University of the Western Cape
    John Harriss, Simon Fraser University
    Jorge Heine, Wilfrid Laurier University
    David Hulme, University of Manchester
    Afeikhena Jerome, Nigeria Governors’ Forum
    Richard Jolly, University of Sussex
    Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University
    Devesh Kapur, University of Pennsylvania
    Celia Kerstenetzky, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
    Jaques Kerstenetzky, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
    Gilbert M. Khadiagala, University of the Witwatersrand
    Homi Kharas, Brookings Institution
    Keith Krause, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
    Huguette Labelle, UN Global Compact
    Maivân Clech Lâm, University of New York
    Xue Lan, Tsinghua University
    Helena Lastres, Brazilian Development Bank
    Danny Leipziger, Growth Dialogue
    Ronaldo Lemos, Fundacao Getulio Vargas
    Justin Lin, Peking University
    Caitlyn MacMaster, Grand Challenges
    David M. Malone, UN and UNU
    Marcelo Matos, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
    Rohinton Medhora, Centre for International Governance Innovation
    Célestin Monga, World Bank
    Dimpho Motsamai, Institute for Security Studies
    Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International
    Wim Naudé, UNU-MERIT
    Mthuli Ncube, African Development Bank Group
    José Antonio Ocampo, Columbia University
    Nandini Oomman, independent global health & development consultant, Vietnam
    Ernesto Ottone, Institute for Global Studies/MSH of Paris
    Rajul Pandya-Lorch, International Food Policy Research Institute
    Mariana Prado, University of Toronto
    Cintia Quiliconi, FLACSO-Argentina
    Patricia Rogers, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
    Tomás Rosada, International Fund for Agricultural Development
    Emma Samman, Overseas Development Institute
    María Emma Santos, Universidad Nacional del Sur
    Georgina Santos, Cardiff University
    Hoda Selim, Economic Research Forum
    Abebe Shimeles, African Development Bank
    Peter Singer, Grand Challenges Canada
    Yulya Spantchak, Hudson Institute
    Frances Stewart, University of Oxford
    Judith Sutz, University Research Council
    Mankombu Sambasivan (M.S.) Swaminathan, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation
    Simon C. Tay, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
    Irene Tinker, University of California Berkeley
    Cecilia Tortajada, Third World Centre for Water Management
    Diana Tussie, FLACSO, Argentina
    Joana Varon Ferraz, Center for Technology and Society
    Audrey Verdier-Chouchane, African Development Bank
    Carlos Vergara, consultant
    Ben White, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
    David Williams, Queen Mary University of London
    Sivan Yosef, International Food Policy Research Institute
    Shahid Yusuf, George Washington University
    Elaine Zuckerman, Gender Action