VOL. 3, NO. 3, PGS. 10–17


The Way To Go About Achieving Economic Development
A conversation with David Ellerman

This interview was conducted by Javier Toro.

David Ellerman is a Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study and a visiting scholar at the University of California at Riverside and the University of Ljubljana. He is the author of Helping People Help Themselves: From the World Bank to an Alternative Philosophy of Development Assistance.

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What does economic development entail in social terms?

Firstly, it is important to distinguish “economic development” from “poverty alleviation.” Poverty can be alleviated by discovering oil or by having large remittances from labor migration to a developed country, and in neither case, does that constitute or automatically lead to economic development.


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