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Center for Global Development presents Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding
And How We Can Improve the World Even More
Featuring Charles Kenny Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
With introductory remarks by Nancy Birdsall
President, Center for Global Development
Few doubt the conventional wisdom that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. Development contrarian Charles Kenny is out to prove the Cassandras wrong with his new book Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding – And How We Can Improve the World Even More. Kenny argues that the 21st Century is the best of times in terms of health, education, political freedoms and access to infrastructure and new technologies, and that even the poorest have benefited. Though life for many people is still very difficult, improvements have spread far and can spread even further. Cast aside your worries—or bring them along!—and join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion and celebration of Kenny’s new book and his controversial optimistic vision of the future.
Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is on leave from the World Bank where he is a senior economist. Kenny is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy, and has written for Time, Washington Monthly, the South China Morning Post, and the Globalist, as well as numerous academic journals. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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