by: World Bank
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World Development Report
Published November 20, 1999 by World Bank; Mundi Prensa Libros, S.A.
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"The development landscape is being
transformed—confronting policymakers with new challenges and
calling into question existing practices."
Policymakers in the next century will need to pursue development
across a transformed economic, political, and social landscape.
Entering the 21st Century examines the contours of the changing
development landscape and charts the way forward. The World
Development Report 1999/2000, the 22nd edition in this annual
series, focuses on two forces of change: the integration of the world
economy and the increasing demand for self government, which will
affect responses to key issues such as poverty reduction, climate
change, and water scarcity. The forces of globalization and
localization will require nation states to sustain a dynamic
equilibrium with international and subnational partners. The nature of
this equilibrium will have far reaching implications for the gains from
trade and capital flows, the fruitfulness of global environmental
agreements, the pace of regional growth, and the scope of urban
development. By drawing on a wealth of recent research on cross-country
experience, the report proposes a rich menu of rules and policies that
can serve as the ingredients of a comprehensive approach to
development. It explores their applicability, for example, in the cases
of urban development in Pakistan and decentralization in Brazil. The
challenges remain great, but the opportunities available in the new
century hold out prospects for a better future. The report also
includes selected World Development Indicators. The World
Development Report 1999/2000 provides invaluable guidance for
decisionmakers in the next century.