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Books about the future of Developing Countries

. Books about the future of Developing Countries


The Myth of Development
by Oswaldo De Rivero

This provocative book asks readers to be politically realistic about what is happening to the overwhelming majority of people in Third World countries. With three exceptions (Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan), development has not come. A myriad of people in feeble infant-states have been born - children of self-determination, but not of economic and scientific progress. State-driven, communist, and neo-liberal development models have failed most of these people. The large majority of Third World countries are only mistakenly called "developing." They are not actually in the process of becoming Newly Industrialized Countries (NIC's), but Non-Viable National Economies (NNE's). This book explores the option of replacing the wealth of nations agenda with a survival of nations agenda. In order to prevent increasing social and political disorders, the author argues that many countries with primary production and explosive urban growth will have to abandon dreams of development to adopt a policy of national survival based on the search for water, food, and energy security - and the stabilization of their populations.



The World Ahead: Our Future in the Making
by Federico Mayor, Jerome Binde

This book looks at the major challenges of the future. Packed with the latest information and scientific understanding, it traverses a rich tapestry of crucial issues, threats and choices confronting humanity and proposes a new start based on four broad contracts: social natural, cultural and ethical.

In a world where problems are taking on increasingly global dimensions, we must come up with global solutions. We need to turn a culture of violence into a culture of peace. The choice is stark: either a 21st century with a human face or the grimacing mask of a 'Brave New World'.


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Peace! by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: An Anthology (Cultures of peace)

Edited by Marek Thee

A unique textbook for historians, political philosophers, students of international relations and all those interested in the advancement of peace, human rights and fraternity among nations. As the memory of the upheavals and agonies of the twentieth century sink into oblivion, this book recalls the thoughts and reflections of the Nobel Prize laureates as a source of inspiration and guidance to renew the efforts to foster peaceful change and the betterment of the human condition.


Global Monitoring Report 2004: Policies And Actions For Acheiving The Millennium Development Goals And Related Outcomes (GLOBAL MONITORING REPORT)

by World Bank

The turn of the century was marked by some significant and promising events for world development. The Millennium Declaration - signed by 189 countries in September 2000 - led to the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals, which set clear targets for eradicating poverty and other sources of human deprivation. Following other major international meetings came broad agreement on the goals and strategies to achieve them.

The task now is implementation - to translate vision into action. Drawing attention to priorities for action and related accountabilities, the new Global Monitoring Report provides an integrated assessment of the policies and actions needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Produced in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international partners, the Report assesses how the various parties - developing countries, developed countries, and international financial institutions - are playing their part under the agreed development partnership and highlights progress on the development policy agenda.


Beyond Economic Growth: An Introduction To Sustainable Development.

by Tatyana P. Soubbotina

What is development? And what does it take to make development sustainable? How can we measure and compare levels of development for different countries? The author of Beyond Economic Growth challenges readers to find their own answers to these complex questions by analyzing and synthesizing information on a range of critical and interrelated development issues: population growth, economic growth, equity, poverty, hunger, education, health, industrialization, privatization, trade, foreign investment, international aid, climate change, the Millennium Development Goals, and more.


Vital Signs 2003: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future

by Worldwatch Institute

This annual volume, written by the award-winning staff of the Worldwatch Institute, distills and analyzes more than fifty "vital signs" from thousands of government, industrial, and scientific documents, allowing readers to track key indicators showing social, economic, and environmental progress, or the lack thereof.

Vital Signs 2003 presents up-to-the-minute information on environmental and sustainable development topics such as toxic waste, ecolabeling, sugar and sweetener use, oil spills, teacher supply, car-sharing, and Internet use. Each trend is presented in both text and graphics, providing a thorough, well-documented, and accessible overview. Vital Signs is an excellent companion volume to Worldwatch's highly acclaimed State of the World series.



The Future of Domestic Capital Markets in Developing Countries (World Bank/IMF/Brookings Emerging Markets Series)

by Robert E. Litan, Michael Pomerleano, V. Sundararajan

The Future of Domestic Capital Markets in Developing Countries addresses the challenges that countries face as they develop and strengthen capital markets. Based on input from the world’s most prominent capital market experts and leading policymakers in developing countries, this volume represents the latest thinking in capital market development. It captures the views of a global gathering of experts, with perspectives from developing and developed countries, from all regions of the world, from the public and private sector.

This volume should be of interest to senior financial sector policymakers from developed and developing countries in securities and exchange commissions, regulators, central banks, ministries of finance, and monetary authorities; private sector executives in stock exchanges, bond markets, venture capital markets, and investment funds; and researchers and academicians with an interest in capital market development in emerging markets.


Least Developed Countries Report 2004: Linking International Trade with Poverty Reduction

by United Nations

This annual Report reviews recent economic trends in the least developed countries (LDCs), focusing on their efforts to escape the poverty trap.
The 2004 edition, examines the relationship between international trade and poverty within LDC?, and identifies national and international policies that can make trade a more effective mechanism for poverty reduction in these countries.
It also reveals the obstacles faced by LDCs when they implemented deep trade liberalization measures in the 1990s.

The report is a valuable source of information for government officials, academics, researchers, the media, and members of public and private sector interested in the social and economic advancement of developing countries.


Understanding Economic Growth

by OECD

This book is a unique tool providing facts, figures and analysis of economic growth in OECD countries. The analysis focuses on the growth patterns of OECD countries during the last decade and identifies the fundamental drivers of growth. It also looks at how and why countries react differently to these drivers. It examines growth at the macro-economic level, industry level and firm level and also analyses the contribution of information technology (IT) at each of these levels.

Packed with over 50 tables and figures, the book provides unique data to better understand the reality of economic growth. In 2000, at the height of the new economy, IT was hailed as a technology that would radically transform OECD economies and bring large economic benefits. But the recent economic slowdown has laid to rest several of the myths surrounding IT. What is the real contribution of IT to economic growth? Understanding Economic Growth provides a comprehensive overview of these issues and new insights into economic growth.


Development As Freedom

by Amartya Sen


By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development - for both rich and poor - in the twenty-first century.

Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population. Releasing the idea of individual freedom from association with any particular historical, intellectual, political, or religious tradition, Sen clearly demonstrates its current applicability and possibilities. In the new global economy, where, despite unprecedented increases in overall opulence, the contemporary world denies elementary freedoms to vast numbers - perhaps even the majority of people - he concludes, it is still possible to practically and optimistically restain a sense of social accountability. Development as Freedom is essential reading.


The Best That Money Can't Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty, & War

by Jacque Fresco

Jacque Fresco envisions a global civilization in which science and technology are applied with human and environmental concern to secure, protect, and encourage a more humane world for all people. This book offers a possible way out of our recurring cycles of boom and recession, famine, poverty, a declining environment, and territorial conflicts where peace is merely the interval between wars. It outlines an attainable, humane social design of the near future where human rights are no longer paper proclamations but a way of life. The Best That Money Can't Buy is a challenge to all people to work toward a society in which all of the world's resources become the common heritage of all of the earth's people. It is accompanied by 70 color photos of Fresco's original designs, which illuminate the fulfilling lifestyle of a global, resource-based economy.


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