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  • Podcast
  • 19 February 2024

The good news on global development. What are we missing? Episode 3

Reflecting on the Covid pandemic, global economic crises and numerous conflicts, we ask our guests Charles Kenny and Anna Rosling Rönnlund why they're optimistic about global development in 2024

The world’s attention is limited. Today’s burning emergency becomes tomorrow’s forgotten crisis. When the media spotlight moves on, vital issues in development and humanitarian response risk being forgotten. In this podcast miniseries, Development Initiatives’ (DI’s) CEO Adrian Lovett speaks with people with deep expertise to take us beyond the headlines and explore the missing issues, missing voices and missing data as we ask: What are we missing?

In this episode, we speak with two people who have argued that we have underplayed progress that has been made on global development in recent decades, and there are strong reasons to be optimistic. In 2024, reflecting on the Covid pandemic, global economic crises and numerous conflicts that are undermining international security, does that argument still hold?

Our guests are:

For more on some of the issues covered in this episode, read:

All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of Development Initiatives.