What is International Development?

In a general sense, ‘development’ means the improvement of livelihoods and greater quality of life for humans.

More specifically, ‘international development’ is a process undertaken to improve livelihoods and quality of life with the help of international actors (such as governments or non-governmental organizations).

Different from disaster relief or humanitarian aid, international development focuses on the long-term, within areas of governance, gender, health care, disaster prevention, infrastructure, economy, human rights and the environment.

Check out wikipedia’s entry on international development for more info.