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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2012

by Katherine Boo

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life...


Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India

by Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala & Guy Standing

Would it be possible to provide people with a basic income as a right? The idea has a long history. This book draws on two pilot schemes conducted in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, in which thousands of...


The World That Changes the World: How Philanthropy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Are Transforming the Social Ecosystem

by Willie Cheng & Sharifah Mohamed

If there is an X PRIZE for collaborative thought leadership of the social ecosystem, this book would get it.

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation

The World that Changes the World is thought...


Time Use Studies and Unpaid Care Work

by Debbie Budlender

Across the world, unpaid care work - unpaid housework, care of persons, and 'volunteer' work - is done predominantly by women. This book presents and compares unpaid care work patterns in seven different countries....


Foreign Policy and Economic Dependence

by Neil R. Richardson

In an era of increasing interdependence among nations, the foreign policies of poor countries are becoming a subject of critical interest to scholars and the public alike. Neil R. Richardson adopts a political...


Lonely Planet Dominican Republic

by Lonely Planet, Michael Grosberg & Kevin Raub

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Dominican Republic is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await...


In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development

by Kyla Jagger Neilan, Jeffrey Ashe & Frances Moore Lappe

Two and a half billion people worldwide, most of them desperately poor villagers, need a better way to save and to borrow. Even the most innovative banking institutions can’t reach them; savings groups can....


Senegal Sojourn: Selections from One Teacher's Journal

by M. Kathleen Madigan

Senegal Sojourn: Selections from One Teacher's Journal is a personal account of everyday interaction while collaborating for a year with foreign language teachers and writers of fiction in Dakar. A unique and...


Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia

by Mr. Patrick Barron & Mr. Michael Woolcock

This pathbreaking book analyzes a highly successful participatory development program in Indonesia, exploring its distinctive origins and design principles and its impacts on local conflict dynamics and social...


Socio-Analytic Dialogue: Incorporating Psychosocial Dynamics into Public Policies

by Bruno Boccara

Bruno Boccara’s Socio-Analytic Dialogue develops a new framework for analyzing public policy that incorporates complex and changing psychosocial issues, in particular those related to the societal unconscious....


Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World

by Anya Schiffrin

Crusading journalists from Sinclair Lewis to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein have played a central role in American politics: checking abuses of power, revealing corporate misdeeds, and exposing government corruption....


Theorising the Practice of Community Development: A South African Perspective

by Peter Westoby

By examining community development stories as experienced on the ground, Westoby is able to show how the poor are organising themselves using various forms of community development as well as demonstrating how...


Crossroads And/Or Illusions: Coping with Plug & Play Ideology

by Aleksandar Krzavac

In Crossroads and/or Illusions Aleksandar Krzavac addresses some of hot issues of modern world. It looks that 21st century problems in economy and politics are tried to be solved by tools of 19th century. Can...


Capital: The Eruption of Delhi

by Rana Dasgupta

In Capital, Commonwealth Prize–winning author Rana Dasgupta examines one of the great trends of our time: the expansion of the global elite.  Capital is an intimate portrait of the city of Delhi which bears...


Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy

by Corinne Goria

The men and women in Invisible Hands reveal the human rights abuses occurring behind the scenes of the global economy. These narrators — including phone manufacturers in China, copper miners in Zambia, garment...


Patronage Politics Divides Us: A Study of Poverty, Patronage and Inequality in South Africa

by Mapungubwe Institute for Strat (MISTRA)

Patronage Politics Divides Us is the culmination of a research project that forms part of MISTRA’s first suite of eight priority research projects. The research explores the relationship between patronage,...


Making Up the Difference: Women, Beauty, and Direct Selling in Ecuador

by Erynn Casanova

Globalization and economic restructuring have decimated formal jobs in developing countries, pushing many women into informal employment such as direct selling of cosmetics, perfume, and other personal care...


The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy

by Zaid Al-Ali

Many Westerners have offered interpretations of Iraq’s nation-building progress in the wake of the 2003 war and the eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country, but little has been written by...


Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, 2nd Edition

by Alan Weisman

Los Llanos—the rain-leached, eastern savannas of war-ravaged Colombia—are among the most brutal environments on Earth and an unlikely setting for one of the most hopeful environmental stories ever told....


Wives, Mistresses and Matriarchs: Asian Women Today

by Louise Williams

These are the untold, true stories of the women of Asia, the stories of Prime Ministers, factory labourers, business magnates, mistresses and prostitutes in a region which is facing the most profound social...