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Why premature deindustrialization is really bad news for development

One of the many positives about development is that lots of good stuff is happening much earlier in a country’s trajectory – on average, falling infant mortality, access to healthcare and education, rights, democracy etc all take place at lower levels of GDP per capita than in the past. Unfortunatel…

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From Ferguson to Freetown, Black Lives Don’t Matter

By Drs. Sriram Shamasunder & Phuoc LeDecember 2014“We must name them and know their stories. They must not remain anonymous.” The bodies of Michael Brown Read More

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A twenty-first century development policy

This blog post first appeared on Views from the Center.  It drives me crazy that so many people equate development policy with foreign aid. That’s why I welcome this week’s landmark report from the British parliament’s Select Committee on International Development. As the UK nears the end of a five-year parliament, this well-respected cross-party committee has delivered its legacy report, which argues that development is about much more than aid. As Alex Evans and I argued in evidence to the committee, the three key tasks of development policy are now to help fragile states become stable, make growth in middle-income countries more inclusive, and address cross-border problems that affect us all. Yes, aid is needed for all three of these tasks, but aid isn’t the answer to any of them.  Nor is the new development agenda merely a matter of finding new sources of finance to replace or supplement aid.


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Why premature deindustrialization is really bad news for development

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One of the many positives about development is that lots of good stuff is happening much earlier in a country’s trajectory – on average, falling infant mortality, access to healthcare and education, rights, democracy etc all take place at lower levels of GDP per capita than in the past. Unfortunatel…

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Placing Women, Girls At Center Of Development Agenda Will Help Reduce Mortality, Improve…

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