Nic Marks of the New Economics Foundation gives an alternative way of looking at development in this TED Talk.
Chapters 2 and 3 are required reading.
The report is summarised in the Royal Society’s webpage as follows:
“Rapid and widespread changes in the world’s human population, coupled with unprecedented levels of consumption present profound challenges to human health and wellbeing, and the natural environment. This report gives an overview of how global population and consumption are linked, and the implications for a finite planet.”
This is Hans Rosling’s 2006 TED talk.
I show it in class but you also need to view it yourself. You can download it from the TED website.