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Charles Kenny

Senior Fellow

Technology, infrastructure, governance and anticorruption, human development, subjective wellbeing/happiness


MA in International Economics, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

MA in Development Studies, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)


Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Much of his current work focuses on gender and development and covers topics including the impact of international aid and policymaking on gender equality outcomes, as well as the post-2015 development agenda, the role of technology in quality of life improvements, and governance and anticorruption. He has published articles, chapters and books on issues including progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, what we know about the causes of economic growth, the link between economic growth and broader development, the causes the causes of improvements in global health, the link between economic growth and happiness, the end of the Malthusian trap, the role of communications technologies in development, the ‘digital divide,’ and corruption. He is the author of the book "Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding, and How We Can Improve the World Even More." He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine and a regular contributor to Business Week magazine. Kenny was previously at the World Bank, where his assignments included working with the VP for the Middle East and North Africa Region, coordinating work on governance and anticorruption in infrastructure and natural resources, and managing a number of investment and technical assistance projects covering telecommunications and the Internet.

Charles Kenny keeps a personal blog at http://www.charleskenny.blogs.com

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