Additional Readings on The Bottom Billion

The Bottom Billion

Collier summarizes a few points from the book in this Ted Talk on The Bottom Billion from 2008. “How can we give credible hope to those billion people?”

The Least Among Us

A New York Times Book Review. Who knew development books frequently get high level press?

Richard Dowden of the Royal African Society Weighs in on Jeffrey Sachs and Paul Collier

The journalist disagrees about increasing aid for Africa, but he does agree with Collier’s ideas on agriculture.

Aid Allocation and Poverty Reduction

This draft was written by Paul Collier and David Dollar while working at the World Bank. It argues that a poverty efficient allocation of aid could nearly double the amount of people lifted out of poverty each year.


How to Analyze a Text

Getting Started, How to Analyze a Text

The following is taken from “How to Analyze a Text” by the English Dept. at Goshen College. Some things to keep in mind while reading:

  1. Read or reread the text with specific questions in mind.
  2. Marshal basic ideas, events and names. Depending on the complexity of book, this requires additional review of the text.
  3. Think through your personal reaction to the book: identification, enjoyment, significance, application.
  4. Identify and consider most important ideas (importance will depend on context of class, assignment, study guide).
  5. Return to the text to locate specific evidence and passages related to the major ideas.

I would add: How did they obtain data and are those sources reliable?

Would you add anything to this list?

Let’s Read

Getting Started

ImageWelcome to the Development Book Club. We’re launching July 1st with The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs. Until then, let’s get to know each other. Fill out the contact form below and put the book on hold at your local library (it’s probably on the shelf). Stay tuned.