Type: Public event
Host: Ford School

The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World

Date & time

Feb 17, 2016, 4:00-5:30 pm EST


Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

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 About the book:

We live at a time of the greatest progress amongst the global poor in human history. Never before have so many people in so many developing countries made so much progress in reducing poverty, improving health, increasing incomes, expanding health, reducing conflict, and encouraging democracy. The Great Surge tells the story of this unprecedented progress over the last two decades, why it happened, and what it may portend for the future.

From the speaker's bio:

Steven Radelet holds the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development and is Director of the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He serves as an economic advisor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Professor Radelet joined the Georgetown faculty in 2012 after serving as Chief Economist of USAID and Senior Advisor for Development for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2002). From 2002-09 he was Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. He spent twelve years with the Harvard Institute for International Development, while teaching in both the Harvard economics department and Kennedy School of Government. While with HIID, he spent four years as resident advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Jakarta, Indonesia, and two years with the Ministry of Finance and Trade in The Gambia. He and his wife served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Western Samoa.

Dr. Radelet is the author or coauthor of several books and dozens of academic articles, including the The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World (Simon & Schuster, 2015), Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries are Leading the Way (Center for Global Development, 2010) and the textbook Economics of Development (W.W. Norton, 7th Edition, 2013). He holds Ph.D. and master's degrees in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University.


This event is co-sponsored by the African Studies Center.