Center for the History of Global Development

Thinking about Development

Development is a diverse field. It gives rise to many questions, many challenges, and many opportunities. Sometimes, thinking about this takes the form of research papers, shared in conference talks, lectures, books, or journal articles. Sometimes, thinking is more experimental, more personal, more speculative, or it addresses points, which are interesting but too small to merit an entire research paper. In the face of the manifold challenges of the twenty-first century, there must be a place for out-of-the-box thinking beyond academic formats in a narrow sense.

This section give space to development-related texts of various shapes and forms. Contributions discussing ideas, explore explore questions or analyze events are very welcome. The topics and formats are free. The purpose is to share thoughts, invite debate and provoke constructive arguments.

Contributions are invited to All texts will undergo a screening procedure for suitability.

Think Piece 1:

Anna Popova: The 5 K Index.

Our world is rapidly changing, it is not the same as it was 100 years and even 10 years ago. To find out the progress, scientists from all over the world created different various tools to measure country’s progress or development. It is hard to use just one indicator to implement it for each country, that’s why when we measure development, we include many different indicators. My index is based on the 5 key points of human life.  

Anna Popova is undergraduate student at Shanghai University.