As many countries make economic strides, equality and sustainability remain important challenges.

What Is Development?

Many countries have made economic strides, thanks to technology and trade, but others still face challenges.

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Understanding the Last Fifty Years of Global Development

Is the world better off than it was fifty years ago, and what drives these changes?

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Two Koreas, Two Development Policies

How did two countries with the same language, culture, and history turn out so differently?

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The Marshall Plan

Aid can rebuild countries, potentially in the donor’s image.

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Technology and Development

As Great Britain’s Industrial Revolution and India’s green revolution have shown, technological innovation can drive extraordinary development.

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A Brief History of U.S. Foreign Aid

Where and why the United States gives foreign aid has changed over time.

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The Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs are sustainable, interconnected, and global. To achieve these goals, countries need to cooperate.

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What Is Economic Inequality?

Severe disparities in wealth and income can harm individuals, countries, and the global economy.

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Why Do Taxes Matter?

A government’s ability to collect revenue can shape a country’s development trajectory.

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Development Module Assessment

Questions to check your understanding.

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Development Reading List

Supplemental readings and other resources to help you explore a full range of issues and debates related to the module materials.

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How Development Affects You

Development can be aided by countries, individuals, and international organizations alike.

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