Book Launch | How Change Happens (and How to Make it Happen)

November 29, 2016

How Change Happens (and How to Make it Happen)



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Oxfam's Duncan Green introduces the arguments of his new book, How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016).

How Change Happens explores how political and social change takes place, and the role of individuals and organizations in influencing that change. He discusses the challenges that 'systems thinking' creates for traditional aid practices, and how a 'power and systems approach' requires activists, whether in campaigns, companies or governments, to fundamentally rethink the way they understand the world and try to influence it. 

This is a splendid treatise on how to change the actual world—in reality, not just in our dreams.
AMARTYA SEN, Harvard University and Nobel Economics Laureate, 1998
An indispensable guide for activists and change-makers everywhere.’
FRANCIS FUKUYAMA, Stanford University


Duncan Green is Oxfam Great Britain's Senior Strategic Adviser. He also teaches on international development at the London School of Economics, where he is a Professor in Practice. His blog is one of the most widely read on international development, and is named after his book From Poverty to Power (2nd ed., 2012). How Change Happens contains the accumulated experience of years spent engaged in the field, researching and writing about reducing poverty and combating injustice and, as the author says, trying to, "do justice to the complexity of the world, while still believing there is a story about how it can be changed for the better." He is based in London.

Deborah (Debbie) Wetzel, a U.S. national with more than 25 years of experience in development work around the world, is the World Bank Senior Director for Governance. Prior to this she was Director of Strategy and Operations for the Middle East and North Africa Region and also has served as Country Director for Brazil, from 2012 until 2015. Ms. Wetzel was the World Bank Group’s Chief of Staff to the World Bank President from 2010 to 2012. She has also served as Director for Governance and Public Sector, and from 2006 to 2009, led the World Bank’s Economic and Public Sector Programs in Brazil. Ms. Wetzel began her career at the World Bank in 1986 as a Consultant, joining the Young Professionals Program in 1993. Prior to joining the World Bank she worked at the Centre for the Study of African Economies in Oxford England. Ms. Wetzel has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford, a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Smith College. She is the author of publications on fiscal decentralization, public finance, governance, and sub-national affairs.

Shanta Devarajan is the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region. Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, the South Asia Region and Africa Region. He was the director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The author or co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.