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Development Drums takes an in depth look at key issues in international development and global poverty.

Development Drums takes an in depth look at key issues in international development and global poverty.
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Development Drums takes an in depth look at key issues in international development and global poverty.




Episode 47: Todd Moss – The Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Bestselling author Todd Moss is a former senior State Department official who led America’s response to coups and crises in West Africa. He is also my colleague at the Center for Global Development, where he is a Senior Fellow and Chief Operating Officer.

Duration: 00:25:21

Episode 45: Mind, Society and Behaviour (Varun Gauri)

Varun Gauri talks about the relevance of behavioural economics to international development.

Duration: 00:45:10

Episode 44: The Data Revolution

Everyone seems to be talking about the data revolution these days. In this episode of Development Drums, I speak with two people who have thought more about what it is, how to make it happen, and what it means for development than just about anyone else.

Episode 43: Complexity

In this episode of Development Drums, I speak with Ben Ramalingam and Stefan Dercon about whether complexity and systems thinking offers actionable insights for better development interventions.

Episode 42: The Idealist (Nina Munk on Jeff Sachs)

Nina Munk’s latest book, The Idealist, is about Jeffrey Sachs and the Millennium Villages Project. It is also a book about the efforts that people in industrialised countries make to help poor people. It is a book about vision, passion and hubris. In this episode of Development Drums, Nina Munk tells the story of how she came to write the book, and what she learned about Jeff Sacha, and about development aid, as she did so.

Duration: 00:59:34

Episode 40: Why Nations Fail

Daron Acemoğlu and James Robinson talk about their best-selling book, Why Nations Fail.

Duration: 00:49:44

Episode 36: Accountability and Openness

Rakesh Rajani and Martin Tisn discuss accountability and openness.

Duration: 00:31:20

Episode 35: Migration and Development

Michael Clemens from the Center for Global Development talks about the relationship between migration and development.

Episode 34: The Economics Of Enough

In this episode, Owen talks with author and economist Diane Coyle about her latest book ‘The Economics Of Enough, How To Run The Economy As If The Future Matters’. In the first section, Diane shares her thoughts on economic growth as a satisfactory goal for economic and social policy,and discusses the measure of Gross Domestic [...]

Duration: 00:48:38

Episode 33: Complexity and Development

This is a special edition of Development Drums. Instead of interviewing a guest, as normal, we bring you a presentation on Complexity and Development by Owen Barder. This is the audio-only version of an online presentation with slides, which is available from the Center for Global Development. You canalso download the slides and full transcript. [...]

Duration: 00:47:15

Episode 32: Gender and Development

Andrea Cornwall of the Institute of Development Studies and Prue Clarke of New Narrative discuss gender and development.

Duration: 01:01:26

Episode 31: David Roodman on Microfinance

Center for Global Development Senior Fellow David Roodman talks about his latest book ‘Due Diligence, An Impertinent Inquiry intoMicrofinance’. David discusses the evidence surrounding the effects of microfinance on the lives of the world’s poor and its implications on aid donors, within the context of his book’s key findings.David then goes on to speak about [...]

Episode 29: Toby Ord on Giving What We Can

Toby Ord is a moral philosopher atBalliol College,Oxfordand thepresident ofGiving What We Can,an international society dedicated to eliminatingpoverty in the developing world. In this interview, Toby firstly talks aboutconsequentialismand the implications fordevelopment, with particular focus on cost-effectiveness. Secondly, Toby explains hispersonal decision to donate a substantial proportion of his income to the developingworld, and shares [...]

Episode 28: Tim Harford on Adapt (why success always begins with failure)

Tim Harford is a journalist at theFinancial Timesand the author ofThe Undercover Economistand, most recently, ofAdapt: Why Success Always Begins with Failure. In this interview, Tim talks about the implications for development of his idea that successful complex systems emerge from a process of trial and error.

Duration: 01:56:53

Episode 27: Tony Blair

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair talks about his Africa Governance Initiative, about globalization, development, democracy and governance in Africa, leadership, the role of the Department for International Development, and his own future.

Duration: 00:21:56

Episode 26: China in Africa

Professor Deborah Brutigam discusses her book,The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa about China Africa relations. Professor Brutigamblogs Running time 1 hour 1 minute; size: 29.6 Mb. Download transcript (pdf)

Duration: 00:32:22

Episode 25: Global development challenges

Malini Mehra from the Center for Social Markets and Alex Evans from the Center on International Cooperation at NYU discuss ten big global challenges for development.

Duration: 00:44:46

Episode 24: The New Bottom Billion

Andy Sumner (IDS) and Claire Melamed (ODI) discuss the implications of Andy's paper, Global Poverty and The New Bottom Billion.

Duration: 00:24:21

Episode 23: Famine and Foreigners

Peter Gill talks on Development Drums about his new book, Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid.

Duration: 00:37:29

Episode 22: Enough – Hunger in an Age of Plenty

Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman talk about their book Enough: Why The World’s Poorest Starve In An Age of Plenty. Download transcript (pdf)
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