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International DevelopmentIdeas, Experience, and Prospects$
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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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(p.899) Epilogue
International Development
Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, Rohinton Medhora
Oxford University Press

How will development thought and practice evolve over the next fifty years? Looking back, there has been tremendous progress in well-being among nations. The objectives of development broadened, from income and distribution, to education and health, to political empowerment and human capabilities. Looking forward, the development agenda is diversifying and consolidating: Brazil and Burundi have different priorities, yet all countries share common challenges in fulfilling the aspirations of their citizens. The old dichotomy of North versus South is giving way to a more porous ecology, drawing on insights from across the natural and social sciences and thinking generated within developing countries. In an interconnected world, ideas and approaches must be relevant to poverty and distribution in both richer and poorer countries. The era of grand narratives may be closing, but it opens opportunities for practicing development as “one experiment at a time.”

Keywords:   international development, future of development, discourse, developing countries, thinking, practice, discourse, experimentation, poverty, distribution

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