Diversity in Development: Alternative Visions of “Development”


Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:30pm


Zoom (registration information below)

The first session of this Diversity in Development series discussed facts of the problem of limited diversity in the field of international development and introduced frameworks for understanding the problem. In this second session, panelists will discuss goals of “development” and the extent to which a vision of development is shared, including aspects of self-determination, capabilities, and justice. Development has most commonly been defined as “economic development,” with GDP per capita as a central indicator. There is an extensive history of scholarship offering alternative definitions, ranging from happiness, to critical consciousness, to institutional strength, to biological health, and more. The panelists will explore the question of what the goal of development really is or should be from a variety of perspectives.

Megan Hill, Program Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, and Director, Honoring Nations
Lant Pritchett, RISE Research Director at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Christy Thornton, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Meera Tiwari, Reader (Associate Professor), International Development Studies at the University of East London

Nikita Taniparti, Research Manager at the Growth Lab

Please register in advance to attend this webinar. Contact Chuck McKenney with any event-related questions.

This series is hosted in coordination with the MPA/ID Program and the MPA/ID alumni community.