Development Journal

Since the last couple of years, Development is focusing on the wider dialogue of the future of development, featuring a series of innovative debates on how we can find positive ways of tackling the many environmental and sustainability challenges humanity is facing today. We collaborate with leading organisations to gain further insight into various key areas and link to the global and local policy processes in the broader context of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Development is published by Palgrave Macmillan's on behalf of SID. Instructions for authors, rights and permissions, and the full journal's archive of past issues are available on the publisher's website.

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Rethinking Democracy - Vol. 58 issue 1 - Special issue with the International Institute of Social Studies

This issue of Development aims to better understand and define contemporary democracy and its impact today on the livelihoods of people and societies, in view of the diffused discontent with contemporary forms of governments throughout the globe. It looks at democracy in relation to development, social security, environmental protection and civil and international conflicts.

Table of Contents | Editorial | Guest editorial


Rural transformations - Vol. 58 issue 2-3 (Double issue) -  Special issue with IFAD.

It explores the opportunities and challenges for rural transformations, including those potentially addressed within the emerging Post 2015 agenda and its future implementation, from the viewpoint of improving the livelihood opportunities of rural populations - especially smallholders and small food producers, women, and young people

Financing for Development - Vol. 58 issue 4

This issue reviews the outcomes of the Third Financing for Development (FfD) Conference (Addis Ababa, July 2015), and explores the critical issues ahead in terms of the necessary democratization of economic governance, the regulatory framework for private finance, the tackling of systemic issues with the financial and monetary domains, and the normative agenda to advance the FfD follow-up.


Sustainable Industrial Transformation - Vol. 59 issue 1 - Special issue with UNIDO

It is widely recognizable that industrialization can have a positive effect on sustainable development. This edition of Development will consider some of the modern approaches to industrial policymaking and how it can create a new pathways and development strategies that are able to transform our societies towards greater inclusiveness, equity and sustainability.

 Reclaiming Healthy Diets  - Vol. 59. issue 2 - in collaboration with the World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA)

Building on the previous Journal issue that followed up the Second International Conference on Nutrition, this issue will share the key outcomes of the World Nutrition Congress, the quadrennial conference of the World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA), which was held in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2016. The Journal will expose the challenges associated to malnutrition in all its forms and address the impact of globalization on dietary transitions, with all their social, economic, political and environmental implications.

Feminist Futures - Vol. 59 issue 3-4 (Double issue) in collaboration with AWID

This double issue continues the Journal recent tradition of providing a space to share the richness and energy of the AWID International Forum, the triennial Forum of the Association of Women in Development (AWID). This year’s Forum (13th edition), held in Brazil in early September 2016, offered participants the opportunity to collectively celebrate their victories, acknowledge their wounds, and co-create the futures they aspire to. The Journal will expose their dialogues, by examining the complex realities in which struggles for rights and justice are now taking place and analyzing key issues and trends from the viewpoints of diverse social movements and sectors. It will reinforce the call for joining hands across diverse feminist struggles and strengthening collective power and convergence.


Development turns 60! This Journal issue will explore the future of development policy and programmes by also reflecting on the past development decades, which the Journal untiringly witnessed, followed and contributed to. As an anniversary issues, it will interrogate the newly emerging development trajectories and approaches by also relating them to past strategies and paradigms in order to explore both advancements and retrogressions. The issue will take a particular focus on governance by addressing the impact of the current form of economic globalizations on identities, human rights and citizenship agency, as well as the blurring of public and private interests resulting from the increasing engagement of the private sector in delivering public goods and services at both national and international levels. In this respect, it will also look at evolving understandings on constitutionalism and elections, also as a result of mounting pressures to reframe rights as needs that can be delivered by markets. Lastly, it would also explore how the so-called data-revolution can either support or challenge the participatory development approaches that slowly developed over the past decades.


Nutrition - Vol. 57 issue 2

Vol. 57 issue 2 - In the context of the Second International Conference on Nutrition, this issue explores the relationship between nutrition, food security and sustainable agriculture and how to address its challenges in the post-2015 development discussion.
Table of Contents | Editorial | Press release | Online launch


Shared Societies - Vol. 57 issue 1 - Special issue with the Club de Madrid.

It looks at the concept of Shared Societies and how it can be utilized for inclusive and sustainable development. It focuses on what it could contribute to the post-2015 development objectives and the implications of this concept for rethinking the current approaches to social and economic development.

Table of Contents | Editorial | Press release | Launch & dialogues


Inequalities - Vol. 57 issue 3/4 (Double issue) - Special issue with the Organizing Committee of the Pan-African Conference on Inequalities.

Inequalities raised to the attention of the development community in recent years. Indeed, the significant increase of disparities across economic, social, political and intergenerational domains characterized the recent growth and development patterns of most countries irrespectively of conventional distinctions between North and South. Building on the outcomes of the African-wide Conference on Inequalities, Development will be focusing on the challenges of inclusion and equity and explore ways to tackle inequalities in the context of socio-economic structural transformation.

Table of Contents | Editorial


Development is the flagship journal of the Society for International Development (SID) published for over 50 years. With alternative perspectives on civil society, development policy and community based strategies for livelihoods, gender and social justice, Development provides readers with sharp, critical views and in-depth analysis on the challenging issues of today's rapidly changing world. Read more