Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count

In February 2018, Slum Dwellers International (SDI) launched a landmark publication titled “Know Your City: Slum Dwellers Count,” showcasing the extraordinary contribution of the Know Your City (KYC) campaign to … Continue reading

Thursday, 26 April 2018 · Leave a comment

A good life for all within planetary boundaries

Humanity faces the challenge of how to achieve a high quality of life for over 7 billion people without destabilizing critical planetary processes. Using indicators designed to measure a ‘safe … Continue reading

Thursday, 8 February 2018 · Leave a comment

East Asia and Pacific Cities : Expanding Opportunities for the Urban Poor

Urbanization in East Asia and the Pacific has created enormous opportunity for many. Yet the rapid growth of cities can also create challenges as national and local governments try to … Continue reading

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 · Leave a comment

Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: Development Progress from the Bottom Up

Relying on averages is worsening inequality within countries. A new AidData report looks at whether aid financing reaches the poorest regions and finds that donors are missing the mark…policymakers often … Continue reading

Saturday, 30 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Aiming at the Wrong Targets: The Domestic Consequences of International Efforts to Build Institutions

Buntaine et al – We explain why international development organizations have had so little success building and reforming public sector institutions in developing countries. They often fail despite their apparently … Continue reading

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 · Leave a comment

Measuring poverty and wellbeing in developing countries

Detailed analyses of poverty and wellbeing in developing countries, based on household surveys, have been ongoing for more than three decades. The large majority of developing countries now regularly conduct … Continue reading

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 · Leave a comment

The Production of Space and Governmentality in the Urban Poor’s Claim over Land and Housing

This article explores the politicized process of claiming urban land for housing the urban poor in the metropolitan city of Bengaluru. It is premised on the recognition that space and … Continue reading

Saturday, 17 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Is global inequality getting better or worse? A critique of the World Bank’s convergence narrative

The dominant narrative of global income inequality is one of convergence. Recent high-profile publications by Branko Milanovic and the World Bank claim that the global Gini coefficient has declined since … Continue reading

Friday, 16 June 2017 · Leave a comment

Property Is Only Another Name for Monopoly

The existing system of private property interferes with allocative efficiency by giving owners the power to hold out for excessive prices. We propose a remedy in the form of a … Continue reading

Sunday, 11 June 2017 · Leave a comment
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