The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will host an Executive Secretary's Seminar Series by Dr. David Malone on “International Development: Ideas and Experience”. Dr. David Malone will draw on the book International Development: Ideas, Practice and Prospects (2014), which he helped edit. He will discuss international efforts to promote development, which, starting in the early 1950s, were shaped largely by the ideas of the Scottish enlightenment. He will highlight that these ideas have been tested in newly decolonized and other developing countries, and found to be largely irrelevant to their local contexts. This has led to a succession of new waves of thinking, which often disappointed as well. Building on this historical context, he will show that our wider thinking on development remains challenging, even today.