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Charles Kenny

Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a columnist for BusinessWeek and a contributing editor at Foreign Policy.

He is the author of “The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Great for the West” and “Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding and How We Can Improve the World Even More.”

Previously, Mr. Kenny was at the World Bank, where he worked on governance and anticorruption in infrastructure sectors as well as telecommunications policy projects.

Mr. Kenny studied modern history at Cambridge, Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies and International Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

He was born and raised in Great Britain and now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter. He blogs at

Articles by Charles Kenny

How the US Was Smarter Than the UK

Reflections on the art of global power management.

January 31, 2014

Could Britain’s Past Be America’s Future?

Is the end of empire such a bad thing? Perhaps for the elites, but not for the population at large.

January 29, 2014

Charles Kenny on Population Growth and the Environment

Why should environmentalists be more concerned about consumption patterns than about population growth?

May 6, 2011

Bad Ideas For Ending Global Poverty (Part II)

Why are special economic zones and technology parks ineffective in combatting poverty?

July 30, 2008

Bad Ideas for Ending Global Poverty (Part I)

Does protection of infant high-tech industries increase economic performance and standards of living?

July 29, 2008

Do We Know How to Develop?

Does economic growth always lead to a better quality of life?

January 25, 2005