International development: ideas, experience, and prospects

International development: ideas, experience, and prospects

Thinking on development informs and inspires the actions of people, organizations, and states in their continuous effort to invent a better world. Produced by Devlopment Ideas and published by IDRC, 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.

This pre-print edtion is available to download as individual chapters, it:

  • includes a Foreword by Amartya Sen
  • offers a key reference and resource for scholars, graduate students, practitioners, and policy-makers
  • addresses questions of state, society, economy, security, sustainability, and the real-life experiences of particular countries and organizations
  • multi-disciplinary contributions from 90 leading scholars and practitioners from the global North and the global South
  • examines how thinking on development has changed over time
  • chapters outline critical debates rather than a particular argument or school of thought


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