The development industry has been around with particular exuberance since the 1950/60s.  There have been many successes but also many failures.  

And there is still a way to go - although billions of dollars have been spent to eradicate poverty and encourage development, - half the world still lives in grinding poverty on less than $2 a day. Much development has come at the cost of the environment.  

The session will give an overview of progress in key markers of global development from 1800 to the present. It will then look in more depth at a few case studies to examine current development thinking to extrapolate what have we learned in the last 50 years of trying to change the world.