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Reading List for International Development

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Reading List for International Development   Check out this blog for an excellent list of good reads related to International Development.

My addition to the list is The Mystery of Capital by Hernando De Soto.  His book changed the way I think about the world and helped me understand why things that work in the U.S. do not work in other countries.  His book points to the extreme bureaucracy in many countries that leave many people waiting on paperwork rather than building capital.  Buying a house, though it involves many steps in the U.S. can involve thousands of steps in another country.  Rather than fight through the system, people live on land that has been passed down to them for generations without a legal deed to the land.  This deed means nothing for their present life, but that same deed means capital and the ability to obtain loans for business start-ups and college educations for their children.


Author: 4 the World

4 the World identifies and collaborates with communities across the globe to empower them to identify and solve the most pressing needs of their communities within the areas of health and education. By partnering with the communities in these areas, we provide critical support and capacity-building initiatives to ensure these communities are capable of continuing to grow and thrive in the future.

One thought on “Reading List for International Development

  1. I will also add Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen.

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