The darker side of development: Addressing poverty and inequality in the United States


The darker side of development: Addressing poverty and inequality in the United States

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This year, we’ve been exploring the darker side of development, and we’ve examined examples of the paradoxes and unintended consequences of international development efforts. In the final episode this year, I sit down with David Dodson, President of MDC, to discuss parallels and shared lessons between U.S. and global development challenges and solutions, particularly with respect to addressing poverty and inequality.

David and I explore the structural issues that lead to inequality, the importance of data-informed decisions in addressing poverty and the ebb and flow of progress within development. We discuss how promoting individual and group agency and localization is crucial to development efforts around the globe.

This conversation is the final episode of the 2019 season of A Deeper Look podcast. Thank you for tuning in this year and for sharing your comments! You can listen to the complete season of A Deeper Look, as well as previous seasons, on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud or wherever you get your podcasts. Continue to share your thoughts on the darker side of development, and join us in 2020 for a new season!

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