Development Studies

Development Studies

Africa's Moment - Ondeng

Pete Ondeng, a Kenyan entrepreneur and specialist in economic development, challenges popular thinking about Africa and presents a refreshing optimism about the continent's future.

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It - Collier

Development to a Different Drummer: Anabaptist/Mennonite Experiences and Perspectives - Yoder, Redekop, & Jantzi

Are Mennonites, known around the world as caring and ethical people, successful practitioners of development? A refreshing view of sensitive and effective development work.

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time - Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs puts forth a plan to end world poverty by 2025. Sachs outlines in detail the nine steps needed to acheive this goal. This hopeful work makes the end of poverty not only desirable, but realistic.

Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism - Robbins

This text provides the anthropological, economic, and historical context necessary to understand global problems, and why globalization and capitalism have generated protest and resistance.

The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community -Korten

Korten traces the historical progress of Empire and asserts that we can turn away from it. He argues that "Earth Community," an egalitarian, sustainable ordering of human society on democratic principles is in fact possible.

Inspiring Progress: Religions' Contributions to Sustainable Development - Gardner

In the face of hunger, injustice, and poverty, religious people and institutions are developing initiatives to care for the environment and change the distribution of wealth in the world.

Missions and Money: Affluence as a Western Missionary Problem - Bonk

Jonathan Bonk explores the impact of missionaries' affluence on their ministry among the poor. Bonk's Mennonite heritage informs his insightful exploration of this important issue.

> Read in HNGR 484, Global Christian Perspective

Rural Development: Putting the Last First - Chambers

Chambers challenges preconceptions dominating rural development, and looks at how rural poverty is often unseen and misperceived by those who are not themselves rural and poor. He argues for fundamental reversals in outsiders' learning, values, and behavior that allows for more realistic action in addressing rural poverty.

The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good - Easterly

A rigorous study of the overall failure of the attempts of the North to transplant its institutions on the South and propel economic, social and political development.