About the Author(s)
Edited by Tim Allen, inaugural Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Alan Thomas, Former Chair of International Development, Swansea University
Tim Allen is the inaugural Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, and is a Professor in the Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science.
Alan Thomas is now retired, previously co-founder of Development Policy and Practice at The Open University, then Chair of International Development at Swansea University.
"If the problem of development is to empower people to gain control of their own destiny, then poverty - whatever its cause - means the challenge continues undiminished everywhere on our planet. This big book gets us to think about all this systematically, rigorously, and powerfully." - Danny Quah is Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
"This outstanding book is essential reading for students of international development, policy-makers, and anyone thinking about the human condition in our interdependent, globalised world. It asks the big questions. Why in an era of extraordinary wealth and scientific progress, do poverty and extreme deprivation continue to blight so many lives? How should we express human solidarity through international cooperation and multilateralism? As the climate crisis intensifies, ecological stress worsens, and inequality reaches ever more extreme proportions, is it time to rethink what we mean by 'development' and 'progress'? The author's combined academic rigour with
readability and, critically practical reflections on how change happens." - Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children UK
"This new edition of Poverty and Development marks a welcome return of one of the most interesting collection for teaching development. Lucid and comprehensive, the text covers the gamut of topics needed to teach international development, from the historical transformation of the Global South under the impact of European expansion, through the rival models of development propagated during the global Cold war, to the Great Transformation wrought by industrialisation of China and E. Asia. In addition, the book covers key issues in contemporary development, including new chapters on climate change, digital technologies, as well as on the changing nature of conflict.
Comprehensive and up-to-date, the book illustrates clearly how policies in both North and South impact the welfare of the vast majority of humanity." - Jocelyn DeJong, Professor and Associate Dean, and Tariq Tell, Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
"Poverty and Development remains a foundational volume in understanding the intricacies between poverty and development in developing regions. For those of us interested in Public Policy, Governance and Development in Africa, this book provides critical points of reference for understanding pertinent policy, and governance domains in the development paradigm. It thus offers unconventional insights for teaching, researching and studying governing components in Africa and similar contexts for years to come." - Gedion Onyango, Lecturer in Political Science, Nairobi University, Nairobi
"The dynamics of global change continually shift the frontiers of development practice, thought and theory. This thoroughly revised edition of Poverty and Development offers a measure of changes with collateral impact on development over the last twenty years. Some chapters and a thoughtful postscript consider the broad experience and implications of Covid-19. The online resources that accompany the book make it an extremely valuable reference, teaching and learning tool." - David Luke, Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre, UN Economic Commission for Africa
"Poverty and Development is a succinct elucidation of how poverty and development interface in developing countries." - Lawrence Sao Babawo, Senior Lecturer, Njala University, Sierra Leone
"This brilliant book is an essential and thought-provoking contribution on how we look at the global challenge of poverty." - Koen Vlassenroot, Professor and Director of Conflict Research Group (CRG), Ghent University
"Allen and Thomas' book offers a dazzling, systematic and wide-ranging analysis of the most challenging topics in international development. It accomplishes this in an engaging and highly accessible way. This book is a must read for students, academics and those working in the field." - Professor Nicole Stremlau, Research Professor in the Humanities, University of Johannesburg
"COVID-19 has thrown millions into poverty and threatens to undo decades of development. This updated and enhanced classic with its abundance of perspectives and rich insights helps us reflect again on the many inequalities the pandemic has unveiled and how to achieve more sustainable development." - Erik Berglöf Chief Economist of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
"This is exactly the sort of book that people go to university to read and discuss. It provides a great deal of food for thought for hungry minds: mixing theory and evidence very well, giving a wide geographical range of examples and drawing good conclusions.
" - Dr Kevin Manton, SOAS University of London
"Migration, Security & Development is an excellent new chapter. Well-balanced, it tackles the politics of migration in a nuanced manner." - Professor Mustapha Pasha, Aberystwyth University