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Why Global Development Is Succeeding: And How We Can Improve the World Even More.As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. "Getting Better," in sharp contrast, reflects--with optimism--on the past fifty years of aid interventions, and reports the good news about global progress. Economist Charles Kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty--and even happiness, despite the lack of growth in income (an insufficient indicator of quality of life).
"Gloom and doom have long been the default view of global poverty. It would take a clear-eyed and courageous researcher to show that the orthodox viewpoint is wrong. Such a researcher has finally appeared in Charles Kenny, who shows convincingly that most trends in human well-being worldwide, and region by region, are happily, dramatically positive. Read this delightful book and you will never look at global economic development the same way again." --William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University and author of "The White Man"™s Burden"
"Elegant and deeply researched"¦ The case made by Mr. Kenny in "Getting Better" is a powerful antidote to overly gloomy assessments of development aid. . . . After years of doom and gloom on the subject of foreign aid, it is refreshing to find so thoughtful and contrarian an approach to the topic. Charles Kenny shines a light on the real successes of aid, and he shows us the benefits that additional smart investment can bring." --Bill Gates, Wall Street Journal
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