Energy for Growth Hub


Charles Kenny

Senior Fellow

Center for Global Development

Areas of Expertise

Transparency and Governance Technology and Development

Charles Kenny is a senior fellow and the director of technology and development at the Center for Global Development. His current work focuses on gender and development, the role of technology in development, governance and anticorruption and the post-2015 development agenda. He has published articles, chapters and books on issues including what we know about the causes of economic growth, the link between economic growth and broader development, the causes of improvements in global health, the link between economic growth and happiness, the end of the Malthusian trap, the role of communications technologies in development, the ‘digital divide,’ corruption, and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. He is the author of the book “Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding, and How We Can Improve the World Even More” and “The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Great for the West.” He has been a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine and a regular contributor to Business Week magazine. Kenny was previously at the World Bank, where his assignments included working with the VP for the Middle East and North Africa Region, coordinating work on governance and anticorruption in infrastructure and natural resources, and managing a number of investment and technical assistance projects covering telecommunications and the Internet.

Charles Kenny keeps a personal blog at

Non-Hub Publication Highlights

If Everyone Gets Electricity, Can the Planet Survive? The Atlantic. September 28, 2015.
The River that Swallows All Dams. Foreign Policy. May 8, 2015.
Publishing Government Contracts: Addressing Concerns and Easing Implementation. Center for Global Development. November 10, 2014.


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