The world of development and humanitarian assistance is undergoing profound change, arguably the most important since the inception of development as a formal field of research and practice in the middle of the 20th Century. Development has long justified its existence by arguing it was the only way the truly poor could escape poverty and enjoy a higher quality of life.
Recent evidence guts this justification. Countries are moving from “low income” to “middle income” status (as measured by per capita GDP/GNI) with little correlation between such change and development projects and planning. And while there are still a billion seriously poor people in the world, the majority of them live in middle income countries that may not want or need the broad-spectrum prescriptions of traditional development thinking.
And yet, economic integration and global environmental change are producing more, and more frequent, shocks and pressures that can challenge these important changes. I spend my time identifying and thinking about how to address these current and coming shocks. I try to identify and implement solutions for these challenges in conjunction with smart, dedicated people in my lab, at development donors, and various implementing organizations around the world. These pages give more information on me, my work and its results.
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“The vast majority of people working for development organizations are intelligent and good-hearted. They care deeply about the plight of the global poor and labor each day on projects and policies that might, finally, reverse the trends of inequality and unsustainability that mark life in much of the world . . . If these agencies and individuals are, by and large, trying their hardest to do good and have billions of dollars to work with, why are they failing?”
From Delivering Development: Globalization’s Shoreline and the Road to a Sustainable Future
Open The Echo Chamber: A Blog About Development and Global Change