This term, IDS' Globalisation team is teaching a new course called ‘Business as a Development Actor’. At IDS, we study the causes and effects of poverty at a number of levels: household, region, country, international, gender and so on. But there is still a lot to be learned about the impact that business has on jobs, education, infrastructure, investment and innovation.
What I’m reading this week in order to prepare:
- Khanna, T., Palepu, K, G., and Sinha, J. (2005) ‘Strategies That Fit Emerging Markets’. A Harvard Business Review article that looks at how institutional voids in political, social, financial and cultural structures keep multinationals from investing in developing countries. (Restricted Access)
- Oxfam International (2009) ‘Oxfam Poverty Footprint: Understanding Business Contribution to Development, Briefings for Business No. 4’. If business affects development, how are we going to measure it?
- ‘Les nantis d’Haiti’. (2012). Le Monde’s slick and sarcastic indictment of Haiti’s business elites in its continued underdevelopment. Terrific photography! (in French)