Key Concepts in Development Geography is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Development Geography is an introductory text that provides students with the core concepts that form contemporary research and ideas within the development geography discipline. Written in a clear and transparent style, the book includes: An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field; Over 20 key concept entries that provide comprehensive definitions, explanations and evolutions of the subject; Excellent pedagogy to enhance students' understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams, and further reading
Organized around five of the most important areas of concern, the book covers: the meanings and measurement of development; its theory and practice; work, employment and development; people, culture and development; and contemporary issues in development. The perfect companion for undergraduates and graduate students pursuing geography degrees, the book is a timely look at the pressingly important field of international development studies today.
Chapter 1.1: Meanings of Development
Meanings of Development
Introduction: The Rough Guide Definition of Development
International development is the journey the world must take in order for poor countries to become prosperous countries. At the very least it's about making sure that the most basic things that we take for granted can also be taken for granted by everyone else in the world. People in all countries should have food on their plate every day; a roof over their heads at night; schools for their children; doctors, nurses and medicines when they are sick; jobs which bring money into the home. International development – sometimes called global development – describes the collective efforts of all countries which are working to free people from poverty. (Wroe and Doney, 2005)
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