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Supplementary Digital Study Packs  for modules taught/teach by Róbinson Rojas Sandford at:

1) The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (University College London):

Background readers for BENVGDA5: NEO:STRUCTURALISM AND THE DEVELOPMENTAL STATE - Academic year 2017-2018

CREDIT SUISSE: The Global Wealth Databook 2016
World Development Indicators Tables
WDI 2017: Labor Force Structure
WDI 2017: Growth of Output
WDI 2017: Structure of output
WDI 2017: Size of the economy

Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2017. From World Development Indicators

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2017 uses maps, charts and analysis to illustrate, trends, challenges and measurement issues related to each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Atlas primarily draws on World Development Indicators (WDI) - the World Bank's compilation of internationally comparable statistics about global development and the quality of people's lives.

Given the breadth and scope of the SDGs, the editors have been selective, emphasizing issues considered important by experts in the World Bank's Global Practices and Cross Cutting Solution Areas. Nevertheless, The Atlas aims to reflect the breadth of the Goals themselves and presents national and regional trends and snapshots of progress towards the UN's seventeen Sustainable Development Goals: poverty, hunger, health, education, gender, water, energy, jobs, infrastructure, inequalities, cities, consumption, climate, oceans, the environment, peace, institutions, and partnerships.

Between 1990 and 2013, nearly one billion people were raised out of extreme poverty. Its elimination is now a realistic prospect, although this will require both sustained growth and reduced inequality. Even then, gender inequalities continue to hold back human potential. Undernourishment and stunting have nearly halved since 1990, despite increasing food loss, while the burden of infectious disease has also declined. Access to water has expanded, but progress on sanitation has been slower. For too many people, access to healthcare and education still depends on personal financial means.

To date the environmental cost of growth has been high. Accumulated damage to oceanic and terrestrial ecosystems is considerable. But hopeful signs exist: while greenhouse gas emissions are at record levels, so too is renewable energy investment. While physical infrastructure continues to expand, so too does population, so that urban housing and rural access to roads remain a challenge, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Meanwhile the institutional infrastructure of development strengthens, with more reliable government budgeting and foreign direct investment recovering from a post-financial crisis decline. Official development assistance, however, continues to fall short of target levels.

World Development Indicators 2017

This year the World Development Indicators database has been improved to include more indicators that cover the Sustainable Development Goals and more data disaggregated by sex, age, wealth quintile, and urban or rural location. New data include access to clean cooking fuels and the number of industrial design applications registered globally. This edition reflects two major structural changes to World Development Indicators: • Poverty and shared prosperity, previously part of World view, is now a standalone section. Global highlights presented in World view encompass data from all six thematic sections. • Data on the Sustainable Development Goals are now presented in a new companion publication, Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2017, which analyzes and visualizes World Development Indicators data to explore progress toward the goals for 2030 and catalyzes discussion of measurement issues and data needs.

From The Socialist Register - 1997 - By Paul Cammack
Cardoso Political Project in Brazil: the limits of social democracy

World Investment Report 2017 - Investment and the Digital Economy - (UNCTAD/WIR/2017) - 07 Jun 2017, 110.0 KB
- DA1.- Managing and Planning for Development: International and National Dimensions

This module introduces basic notions of development management and administration, state, market and bureaucracy, and the role of NGOs in the development process. It places national development in the context of the international division of labour and examines alternatives to hegemonic development practices. It critically reviews the recent history of international aid, particularly its implications for poverty reduction, growth and equity. The national dimensions of development are also critically explored, particularly in terms of a range of development trends and interventions such as national and regional development planning and key aspects of local, metropolitan and regional development.

- DA5.- The Development State: planning for development

This module critically reviews the quest for economic and socially efficient development states in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean since 1940s. As such, this module will explore the theoretical basis and practice of state led approaches to development since the 1940s. Its main conceptual framework encapsulates the dynamic of two interrelated socio-economic systems:
A) capitalist development and the state, and
B) the national and international synergies created by the interaction between markets, civil society and the state and its effects on planning for development.
Case studies will be included where necessary.

- UE1.- Urban Development and Economics

This module critically analyse the following topics: prospect for development; economic growth and development ; the market economy and market forces; International trade and investment ; role of the state in economic development; trends in urbanisation and the effects of policies; migration; urban agglomeration economies and diseconomies, cities and structural adjustment; roles of multilateral development agencies and foreign aid; role of economic analysis in urban development;...

2) Education for Sustainability Programme (LSBU):

- Local and Global with a focus on NGO education
- Theories and Perspectives on Environment and Development

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Global Financial and Economic Crisis 07-09

Latin America

Human Development Reports
World Development Indicators
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Karl Marx Adam Smith

On Capitalist Economic and Political Terrorism

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UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics
Statistics 1
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Andre Gunder Frank website

The murder of Allende
Puro Chile. The Memory of the People

Project for the First People's Century

World Clock
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