International Development and Economic Growth in a Changing World
Life expectancy across the planet has increased from 47 to 67 in the last 50 years. Infant mortality has plummeted. Access to education has dramatically increased. Globally, far fewer people now have their lives blighted by conflict and insecurity than was the case a generation ago. However, globalisation, the interconnectivity between individuals across the globe and the pace of change is rapidly increasing. These factors, coupled with the shifting roles of national and supranational organisations (both public and private) prompts the question how can we best ensure international development and economic growth in a changing world?
Mark Lowcock is Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development. He was appointed on 9 June 2011. Mark began his career in DFID (formally the Overseas Development Administration) in 1985 and worked as Private Secretary to Baroness Chalker, Minister for Overseas Development from 1992 to 1994, was Deputy Head and latterly Head of the DFID Regional Office for Central Africa from 1994 to 1997. He then became Head of European Union Department from 1997 to 1999, before returning to Africa as Head of the DFID Regional Office for East Africa.