Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More

by Charles Kenny

Basic Books | March 1, 2011 | Hardcover

Not yet rated | write a review
As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. Getting Better, in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty--and even happiness.

Kenny shows how the spread of cheap technologies, such as vaccines and bed nets, and ideas, such as political rights, has transformed the world. He also shows that by understanding this transformation, we can make the world an even better place to live.

That''s not to say that life is grand for everyone, or that we don''t have a long way to go. But improvements have spread far, and, according to Kenny, they can spread even further.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 1, 2011

Publisher: Basic Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0465020151

ISBN - 13: 9780465020157

Found in: Economic Development

save
37%

In Stock

$20.79

Online Price

$31.50 List Price

or, Used from $5.04

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

All available formats:

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

– More About This Product –

Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More

Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More

by Charles Kenny

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 1, 2011

Publisher: Basic Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0465020151

ISBN - 13: 9780465020157

About the Book

An expert on the developing world reflects--with optimism--on the past fifty years of aid interventions.

From the Publisher

As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. Getting Better, in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty--and even happiness.

Kenny shows how the spread of cheap technologies, such as vaccines and bed nets, and ideas, such as political rights, has transformed the world. He also shows that by understanding this transformation, we can make the world an even better place to live.

That''s not to say that life is grand for everyone, or that we don''t have a long way to go. But improvements have spread far, and, according to Kenny, they can spread even further.

About the Author

Charles Kenny is a senior economist on leave from the World Bank as a joint fellow at the New America Foundation and the Center for Global Development. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Editorial Reviews

Jeni Klugman, Director and Lead Author, Human Development Report, United Nations Development Programme “This book is an important and welcome counterweight to much of the doom and gloom that pervades popular and policy discussions about Africa.  It makes important contributions in documenting the major advances in aspects of human development that have intrinsic value—health, knowledge and empowerment—that have been experienced by people in the poorest parts of the world, drawing attention to the role of ideas and innovation.   Yet Charles Kenny does not shy away from the fact that, as underlined by the 2010 Human Development Report, not all good things go together.  The extent of poverty and inequality, including but not only in terms of incomes but other dimensions of well being, remains a major concern.  There are important implications for policy makers in developing countries, and the basic message of realistic optimism should inform all those interested in development assistance and ways to sustain progress in the future.” William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University and author of  The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good  and  The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics   “Gloom and doom have long been the default view of global poverty. It would take a
read more read less
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart