Introduction to International Development

Approaches, Actors, and Issues

Paul A. Haslam, Jessica Schafer, Pierre Beaudet

Introduction to International Development

Approaches, Actors, and Issues

Paul A. Haslam, Jessica Schafer, Pierre Beaudet






18 Mar 2021




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Introduction to International Development integrates the work of leading experts from disciplines as varied as geography, history, sociology, political science, economics, gender studies, and anthropology. Contributed chapters present foundational overviews as well as in-depth coverage of issues at the heart of today’s most pressing international debates, providing students with the conceptual tools they need to understand the challenges, successes, and failures of international development within today’s dynamic and changing world.


  • Heavily updated and includes coverage of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the COVID-19 pandemic
  • New chapters on economic development theories
  • New chapter on refugees
  • New chapter on economic resilience in Indigenous communities.

This title is available as an eBook. Please contact your Learning Resource Consultant for more information.


Part I: Theories and Approaches in International Development

1. What is Development? From Economic Growth to the Sustainable Development Goals

2. Imperialism and the Colonial Experience  

3. Theories of Development Economics

4. The Critical Political Economy of Development

5. Post-Development and Alternatives to Development

6. Gender and Development: Theoretical Insights and International Commitments

7. Globalization and Development

Part II: International Development Actors

8. State of the State: Does the State Have a Role in Development?

9. National Development Agencies and Bilateral Aid

10. The International Financial Institutions

11. The United Nations and Multilateral Actors in Development

12. Private Enterprise and Development

13. Civil Society and Development

14. China and the Emerging Economies

Part III: Issues in International Development

15. Debt and Development

16. Free Trade, Fair Trade, and South–South Trade

17. Democracy

18. Climate Change, Environment, and Development

19. Rural Development

20. Urban Development: Cities in the Global South

21. Development and Health

22. Conflict and Development

23. Refugees and International Development Policy and Practice

24. Indigenous Community Economic Resilience

25. Culture and Development

Part IV: Practice in International Development

26. Measuring and Evaluating Poverty

27. Inequality and Social Policy

28. Planning and Appraising Development Projects

29. Humanitarian Assistance and Intervention

30. Ethics of Development



Paul A. Haslam - Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.

Jessica Schafer was an assistant professor at the International Development and Globalization program at the University of Ottawa from 2006-2008.

Pierre Beaudet - Associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences, Université du Québec en Outaouais.


Eric Allina - Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Ottawa.

Jody-Ann Anderson - Doctoral student, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.

Stephen Brown - Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa.

Lisa Bornstein - Associate Professor, School of Urban Planning, McGill University.

Gavin Fridell - Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor of International Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University.

Des Gasper - Professor Emeritus of Human Development, Development Ethics and Public Policy, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Jing Gu - Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, Institute of Development Studies; Executive Team Leader of the UK Anchor Institution for China International Development Research Collaboration.

Arjan de Haan - Director, Inclusive Economies at the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa.

Laura Hammond - Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Joseph Hanlon - Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and the Open University (UK).

Pablo Heidrich - Assistant Professor, Global and International Studies Program, Carleton University.

Anil Hira - Professor, Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University.

Tim Jones - Head of Policy for the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

Cédric Jourde - Associate Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa.

Anne Latendresse - Professor, Département de Géographie, Université du Québec, Montréal.

Nissim Mannathukkaren - Associate Professor, Department of International Development Studies, Dalhousie University.

Marianne H. Marchand - Chair in International Relations, Department of International Relations and Political Science, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (Mexico); Associate Senior Fellow, Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany).

Abu-Bakar Siddiq Massaquoi- Lecturer, Institute of Environmental Management and Quality Control, School of Environmental Sciences, Njala University, Sierra Leone.

James Milner - Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University; Director of the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN).

Chukwumerije Okereke - Professor, Climate and Environmental Governance, Department of Political Science, Alex-Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Nigeria.

Jane Parpart - Research Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts.

David Potts - Honorary Visiting Researcher, John & Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies, University of Bradford.

Joshua Ramisch - Associate Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.

Keetie Roelen - Research Fellow and Co-director of the Centre for Social Protection, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Ted Schrecker - Professor of Global Health Policy, Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University; Senior Fellow, Global Policy Institute, Durham University.

David Sogge - independent researcher in Amsterdam; an Associate of the Transnational Institute.

Susan Spronk - Associate Professor and Director of the School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.

Astri Suhrke - Senior Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway.

Marcus Taylor - Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Global Development Studies, Queen’s University.

Rebecca Tiessen - Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.

Henry Veltmeyer - Professor Emeritus, International Development Studies, Saint Mary's University; Senior Research Professor, Development Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (Mexico); Senior Research Fellow, Advanced Latin American Studies, Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico).

Torunn Wimpelmann - Senior Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway.

Wanda Wuttunee - Professor and Graduate Chair, Native Studies, University of Manitoba.

Aram Ziai - Heisenberg Professor, German Research Foundation for Development Policy and Postcolonial Studies.

Lecturer Resources

The following resources are available for lecturers who prescribe Introduction to International Development, fourth edition, for their course:

  • Instructor's Resource Manual
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Test Bank
  • Student Study Guide
  • Flash Cards
  • Image Bank
  • Online Appendix for Chapter 28 Planning and Appraising Development Projects
  • Three online chapters from the previous edition