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Rohinton Medhora

President, Centre for International Governance Innovation

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Summary
International Development Ideas, Experience, and Prospects
Edited by Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

international development full cover web post 200 x 288Thinking on development informs and inspires the actions of people, organizations, and states in their continuous effort to invent a better world. This volume examines the ideas behind development: their origins, how they have changed and spread over time, and how they may evolve over the coming decades. It also examines how the real-life experiences of different countries and organizations have been inspired by, and contributed to, thinking on development. The extent to which development ‘works’ depends in part on particular local, historical, or institutional contexts. General policy prescriptions fail when the necessary conditions that make them work are either absent, ignored, or poorly understood. There is a need to grasp how people understand their own development experience. If the countries of the world are varied in every way, from their initial conditions to the degree of their openness to outside money and influence, and success is not centred in any one group, it stands to reason that there cannot be a single recipe for development.

Each chapter provides an analytical survey of thinking about development that highlights debates and takes into account critical perspectives. It includes contributions from scholars and practitioners from the global North and the global South, spanning at least two generations and multiple disciplines. It will be a key reference on the concepts and theories of development – their origins, evolution, and trajectories – and act as a resource for scholars, graduate students, and practitioners.

Working Paper: The State of Development Thought
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-7801 USA
Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur,
David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora


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Rohinton Medhora, Background

Rohinton Medhora joined CIGI as president in 2012 after having served on CIGI’s International Board of Governors since 2009. He is former vice president of programs at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). At IDRC, Mr. Medhora led the Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic and Adjustment Policies and Trade, Employment and Competitiveness initiatives. He is also a former director of IDRC’s social and economic policy programs.

He joined IDRC in 1992 from the faculty of economics at the University of Toronto. Mr. Medhora’s fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, aid effectiveness and international economic relations. He has published extensively on these issues in professional and non-technical journals, and produced two books: Finance and Competitiveness in Developing Countries (Routledge, 2001); and Financial Reform in Developing Countries (Macmillan, 1998), which he co-edited with José Fanelli.

Mr. Medhora earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, where he majored in economics, specializing in monetary policy, international finance and development economics.

Additional ResourcesRecorded April 2013