Beyond Economic Growth: An Introduction to Sustainable Development

Beyond Economic Growth: An Introduction to Sustainable Development

Beyond Economic Growth: An Introduction to Sustainable Development

Beyond Economic Growth: An Introduction to Sustainable Development

Synopsis

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.- Why is world population growing faster than ever before?- Will poor country economies catch up with the rich?- Can poor countries break the vicious circle of poverty and hunger?- How does a country's economic position affect its education needs?- How are health risks changing in different parts of the world?- Will the North-South cooperation help prevent global climate change?- How does government corruption influence national development?The book, which draws on recent World Bank data, is written for young people, teachers, students, and others interested in learning more about global development.This completely revised and expanded second edition of 'Beyond Economic Growth' includes new sections on:- global hunger- HIV/AIDS- international migration,- government corruption, and- the Millennium Development Goals.

Excerpt

The underlying premise of this book is that in order for development to be sustainable, it has to be comprehensive—it has to successfully balance economic goals with social and environmental. “Development” is really much more than simply economic growth. The understanding of development can differ among countries and even among individuals, but it usually goes far beyond the objective of increased average income to include things like freedom, equity, health, education, safe environment, and much more. Hence the title of this book: “Beyond Economic Growth.”

By publishing this book, the Development Education Program (DEP) of the World Bank Institute (WBI) seeks to help more people understand that in the present-day globalized world international development should be everyone’s concern because it affects everyone’s life. Ordinary people including youth—not just economists and development experts—should be prepared to discuss and participate in making decisions on the most pressing issues of sustainable development, proceeding from their own cherished values and based on reliable data and information from reputable international sources (like the World Bank and the UN specialized development agencies).

This book is designed to introduce readers to some major challenges in today’s sustainable development (from the global to the national and perhaps even to the local level) and help them gain a more holistic and realistic view of their country’s situation in a global context. Because development is a comprehensive process involving economic as well as social and environmental changes, this book takes an interdisciplinary approach. It attempts to explain some complex relationships among various aspects of development, including population growth, economic growth, improvements in education and health, industrialization and postindustrialization, environmental degradation, and globalization. Young people and learners of all ages, teachers and students, are invited to explore these relationships even further—using the statistical data and theoretical concepts presented in this book—and to engage in informed discussions of the controversial development issues closest to their hearts. “An Invitation to a Global Discussion” could be another appropriate subtitle for this book.

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