International Development

International Development

What is International Development? In 2005, the G8 placed it at the top of its agenda. Live8 around the world called for changes in debt, Aid and trade to help the world's poorest. The UN Millennium Development Goals, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the MIT $100 Laptop project of One Laptop Per Child, are all dedicated to ending poverty. And many of you have been wearing white wristbands showing your support to the Make Poverty History campaign and/or your awareness of some of the key issues. Never has there been so much talk and debate about it.

But what does this all mean? What are those working in the International Development sector trying to achive? And what is the best way to make the causes of poverty history?

Who is who in development? Who are the key Civil Society actors? Who are the main Donors?

This wiki is an experiment to try to bring all of our knowledge together. International Development is a complex issue and a complex world. There are many different development actors and many different opinions regarding what works and what doesn't.

It can also be used as a space to share information, discuss ideas and, why not, explore reseach topics and questions. For example, LSE SPD students are using it to discuss their dissertation.

Come on! I invite you to let the world know. What is behind the doubling of Aid, fair trade and cancelling debt? What are the real causes of famine and conflict? What are the effects of Donors' interventions? What are the best/bad practices out there?

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