Since his graduation in 1981 the author has worked in development cooperation in more than ten different countries in Latin America and Africa and for institutions such as the Dutch Directorate of International Cooperation, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the World Bank and the European Community.
In his book, Global Development, Frans Doorman analyses the economic, environmental and social problems humanity is facing today: from economic insecurity and destitute poverty to crime, environmental degradation and political ineptitude. He explains why, in spite of environmental growth and technological development, many people actually face a decline in their living conditions. And he argues that if things continue as today, future generations are likely to live in a society which, due to a growing scarcity of natural resources and concentration of wealth, will be increasingly divided and torn by strife.
Frans Doorman suggests that although the economic, social and environmental problems we face are huge, they can be overcome by investing humanity's creative energy and skills in a worldwide program for sustainable development. The main components and ways of financing such a program are described. Moreover the author proposes a strategy for implementation, based on the creation of a global movement that should raise support among all beneficiaries of sustainable development: from the destitute poor in the Third World to the middle and most of the upper class of the rich countries.