Development Studies Internet Resources

Prof. William A. Joseph | Department of Political Science | Wellesley College



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Audio-Visual Materials

Peter Singer and William Easterly Debate Development Aid (

MIT World Videos on Development

  • MIT World is a free and open site that provides on demand video of significant public events at MIT.

    Among the videos on development are:

TED Talks on "Rethinking Poverty"

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Multimedia

    • CSIS provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. The CSIS multimedia site provides audio and video programs on development topics such as global health, governance, human rights, and regional issues in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Big Picture TV

    • Founded in August 2003, Big Picture TV streams free video clips of world-renowned thinkers and experts in fields relating to environmental and social sustainability. Big Picture TV looks at global problems in a broadly positive context. Challenges such as climate change, species loss, poverty and the proliferation of nuclear arms are sadly all too familiar – but they represent only part of the story. The other part is about solutions – recognising that the crises we face bring with them unparalleled opportunities to rethink, innovate and progress. Our informational videos allow you to hear directly from today’s leading thinkers and innovator.

Democracy Now

    • Independent video shines light on the problems and practices of development finance institutions worldwide. Critical documentary, protest reports, animations, meetings, interviews and more: this is video that governments and corporations would often rather was not shared.IFIWatch.TV is for educators, activists, journalists, film-makers, students, officials and anyone else interested in what multilateral bodies are doing with our money, our neighbours, and our planet.

Ann Hastings, "Eradicating Global Poverty"

    • Anne Hastings, Executive Director of Fonkoze, Haiti's largest microfinance institution, has searched the globe for a solution to the problem of extreme poverty. March 07, 2008. Walter H. Capps Center Series, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jefferey Sachs, "The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, Mar 31, 2005

    • One billion people on the planet are struggling with extreme poverty according to Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. In this March 31 lecture, Sachs discusses his new book, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, which explores the challenge of global poverty. Sachs also shares accounts of his recent visits to Africa and offers practical solutions to the challenge of global poverty, which he contends can be eliminated by 2025.

Alternative Radio Broadcasts on Development

    • Alternative Radio is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and on short-wave on Radio for Peace International. AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media. There are many programs related to development. Use the site search engine for "development." Almost all programs are available for purchase, not for free download. Videos on the People, Issues, and Ideas Changing the Planet

    • helps intelligent, engaged audiences get smart. Our users find, enjoy, and share videos about the people, issues, and ideas changing the world. We gather the web's largest collection of unmediated video drawn from live events, lectures, and debates going on all the time at the world's top universities, think tanks and conferences. We present this provocative, big-idea content for anyone to watch, interact with, and share --when, where, and how they want. [There are many videos related to development studies: search for "developing world," "emerging markets," etc.]

    • At we strongly believe that in order to have a true democracy, there has to be a free flow of easily accessible information. Unfortunately, many important perspectives, opinions, and facts never make it to our televisions or cinemas. For this reason we decided to start, a site where anyone with an internet connection can watch a movie to educate themselves or simply explore another perspective whenever they please. These movies aren't just for education but are also for entertainment. Development related topics include films listed under Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and other categories.

Current TV

    • Al Gore's media venture: Current is a new breed of cross-platform media company that works with its young adult audience to create and distribute content that informs, enriches and inspires.We believe media should be a two-way conversation and our fully integrated broadcast and online platforms make that possible. Some development related material.