Catching Up: What LDCs Can Do, and How Others Can Help

Catching Up: What LDCs Can Do, and How Others Can Help


By (author) Paul Collier


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  • Format: Paperback | 86 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 238mm x 8mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849290512
  • ISBN 13: 9781849290517
  • Sales rank: 620,148

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Despite solid gains made during the last decade, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are not keeping pace with other countries and the gap between them and the rest of the developing world has in fact widened. This means that LDCs will have to progress even faster to avoid being left further behind. In this publication, economist and award-winning author of The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier, suggests a menu of strategic policies around which governments might rally that could help LDCs to reduce this differentiation. He argues that the only actors who can lead this process are the governments of LDCs themselves working together towards clear and well-founded goals. He emphasises the need for effective change and highlights potential future problems associated with the management of natural resources and the threat of climate change. Implementing the right policies, he argues, is essential if LDCs are to catch up and not become detached from the rest of mankind.

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Author information

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. He is the author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Table of contents

Foreword Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. The Challenge of Natural Resource Exploitation 3. Using Trade Preferences to Help LDCs Break into Global Manufacturing 4. Regional Integration 5. Innovations in Financing Development 6. Climate Change, Asian Growth and Food Security in LDCs 7. Conclusion References Index