Category Archives: Theories of Development

Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid – A Summary and Criticism

In this blog post I summarise Dambisa Moyo’s views on the problems with Aid as a strategy for development – she is talking about Official Development Aid rather than Emergency relief aid. I’m mainly drawing from her writing at the … Continue reading

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The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs – A Summary of Chapters 1-4

  NB –  You might also like this summary of Chapter 8 – Which focuses on AIDs and malaria in Africa and ‘Jeffrey Sach’s case for International Development Aid, a summary of chapters 12-16 It would be useful for students … Continue reading

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Arguments for International Development Aid

Jeffry Sachs in ‘The End of Poverty’ (2005) makes the case for increasing spending on aid to developing countries. Taken mainly from chapters 12-16 (1) Why is Aid needed? Sachs argues that injections of aid are needed to break the … Continue reading

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How to End Poverty in 15 years

In this hour long programme Hans Rosling asks how we can eradicate extreme poverty in 15 years, which is goal number 1.1 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to which 193 nations signed up to in September … Continue reading

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Jeffry Sachs – The End of Poverty

Below is a brief summary of Jeffry Sachs’ arguments for the role of official development aid, taken from his book The End of Poverty. This sits nicely at the end of all of the other theories of development (dependency theory, neoliberalism, … Continue reading

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The Bottom Billion – Paul Collier – A Summary

Global poverty has been falling for decades, but a few countries which are caught in four distinct traps (such as the resource curse) are falling behind and falling apart. Aid does not work well in these places but there are … Continue reading

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Sustainable Development

This post defines sustainable development, summarises the environmental challenges we face and contrasts technocentric and ecocentric views on the relationship between economic growth and sustainability. There are many definitions of sustainable development, including this landmark one which first appeared in … Continue reading

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People Centered Development

This post provides a brief summary of people centered development approaches to social development, including the work of Vandana Shiva. Why are developing countries underdeveloped? People Centered Development Theorists generally agree with Dependency Theory about why some countries are underdeveloped … Continue reading

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The Neoliberal Theory of Economic Development

According to neoliberalism big government and too much official development aid prevent economic and social development, while deregulation, privatisation and lowering taxation are required to achieve economic growth. This post outlines the neoliberal approach development and then briefly assesses the … Continue reading

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World Systems Theory

A summary of Wallerstein’s World Systems Theory including the key ideas of Core, Semi-Periphery and Periphery countries, relevant to A Level Sociology Global Development Module. NB This is very much a summary designed to get an 18 year old through … Continue reading

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