Development - Areas for concern

In this five minute video Dr. Duncan Green looks into the future of global development, specifically the concern over whether the progress made during the 20th century will be reversed due to climate change, rising food prices and increasing inequality.

About the presenter

Dr. Duncan Green is a Senior Strategic Advisor for Oxfam GB, and is also currently a visiting fellow of the University of Sussex. He has written several books on the topic of development, including From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World. His blog can be found at Follow him on Twitter at @fp2p.

Supporting questions

  1. What impact may continuing rising food prices have on the progress of global development?
  2. Developing nations contribute least to global warming, yet are set to suffer most from it. How might ongoing climate change impact on global inequality?
  3. In your opinion, what needs to change to tackle the issues facing global development?


There are reasons to believe that the development progress made over the 20th century is beginning to reverse:

  • food prices are rising sharply
  • climate change is having a greater impact on the poor
  • increasing inequality is harming society.

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