There is a Better Way: An Introduction to the Development as Freedom Approach

By Anantha K. Duraiappah, Flavio Comin, Davinder Lamba, Terry Hirst on May 12, 2004

This is a documentary comic-book for people who are completing their studies and are about to enter the arena of public life to earn their living. It is an introduction to the ideas of Amartya Sen, the celebrated economist, who earned the Nobel Prize for Economic Science in 1998, and who has spent a lifetime urging for a change of focus in what has come to be called 'the development process'. In 1999, Sen gathered all his arguments together in a landmark book called Development as Freedom. Even the title was a revelation to the development planners at the World Bank and the IMF, to whom these arguments were originally addressed. Sen's new approach has since changed development thinking profoundly, for both rich and poor, in the twenty-first century. It is a challenge to us all to make a difference.

Sen's ideas are presented in this comic-book in a fast-moving, illustrated dialogue - giving a broad overview of what it is that he is driving at - in the hope that more people will be attracted to read his book in more detail, to discuss it, and understand its important message to us all.

Publication details

IISD, 2004