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.

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VOLUME 58
CURRENT ISSUE: RETHINKING DEMOCRACY

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.

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

Many identify the rural space with survival and livelihoods rather than opportunities and innovation; the locus where the tensions between tradition and modernity are more tangible. As the international community launches the implementation of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, rural transformation is becoming one of the new buzzwords with profoundly different meanings across different constituencies. This journal issue will explore the concept of rural modernity, something many consider an oxymoron, and the nature and drivers of different forms of rural transformations, exposing how the legitimate perspective of rural communities as central subjects of these processes is often challenged by the hegemonic and homogenizing forces that drive the evolution of the global food system. The Journal will also move beyond traditional dichotomies between urban and rural spaces and explore the dynamic osmotic relations along the urban/rural transitions.

Financing for Development - Vol. 58 issue 4

The Third Financing for Development (FfD) Conference generated frustration among all those progressive thinkers, activists and policy makers that had hoped the conference could advance the agenda for the democratization of economic governance and the removal of the structural obstacles for the socio-economic transformation of developing countries and their increasingly equal participation in the global economy much more than it actually did. However, also thanks to the untiring effort by civil society, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda institutionalized a follow-up process that may offer new windows of opportunity to advance a progressive normative agenda in these critical domains. This Journal issues will provide a contribution in this direction by exploring visions, strategies and proposals that may infuse new intellectual and political energy in the process.

 
VOLUME 59

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

Over the past decades, the global discourse on the role of industrialization in development has been highly uneven, and often heatedly discussed. Today, we can witness a renaissance of industrialization in economic policies around the world. However, modern industrialization theory, and the role of industry in development, can no longer be seen through a merely economic lens alone. It has been recognized that industrialization, when well organized under a suitable industrial policy environment, can have a positive and lasting effect on all three dimensions of sustainable development as well as on the advancement of broad aspirational norms, such as human rights, gender equality, and peaceful societies. This is why this edition of Development will discuss some of the modern approaches to industrial policymaking, and shed light on its important contribution to the achievement of any future development goal, thus establishing a new foundation for the role of industrialization in development thinking and theory.

Feminist Futures - Vol. 59 issue 2-3(Double issue) in collaboration with AWID

In September 2016, over 1800 feminist activists and allies converged in Bahia, Brazil for the 13th AWID International Forum, hosted by the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. The theme: ‘Feminist Futures - Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice’, was developed in response to the increasingly complex and polarized world filled with violence and inequality. This special issue captures some of the rich feminist knowledge on this theme. Featuring voices from different contexts and organizing models, the issue explores the reasons behind activism; ways to move beyond current framings of resistance and organising; and examples of innovative, cross-movement strategies that are being employed to address the challenges facing us today.

Reclaiming Healthy Diets  - Vol. 59 issue 4 - 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. In this context, the Journal will explore how reclaiming healthy and sustainable diets as a public good could promote public policy coherence and synergy across health, food and agriculture, and environment, while also promoting convergence across the various civil society movements that often disconnectedly engage in these closely intertwined domains.

 
VOLUME 60 - 60th ANNIVERSARY VOLUME

Looking Back - Looking Forward - Vol. 60 issue 1

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.

Problematizing Growth - Vol. 60 issue 2 - in cooperation with the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Discussions on development often focus on “economic” development—specifically on how to push growth (i.e., achieving higher GDP) for countries that are considered as "still developing". This mainstream view is very much based on the ‘western-centred’, neoliberal idea of development and growth. The pursuers of such development, especially so-called advanced countries and large emerging economies such as BRICs countries, have benefitted from such models, but have also long been struggling with severe side effects such as increasing inequality as well as repeated economic crises and stagnation. Over the years, various alternative ideas and practices have emerged. Building on the upcoming 2016 Development Dialogue at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), the Journal will explore such alternatives to the dominant discourse and related economic growth-centred worldviews, disciplines and strategies.

Agroecology and Food Sovereignty - Vol.60 issue 3

This Journal issue will explore the alternative paradigms and approaches offered by those peasant communities that are resisting and contrasting the hegemonic and homogenizing progression of the global food systems. In particular, the issue will economic, social, ecological and political dimensions of agroecological movements that recognize under the collective banner of food sovereignty. It will address their struggles over access to and control of natural resources, the dematerialization of genetic resources, the transformation of local and regional markets under the pervasive effect of trade and investment rules and their challenging relations with emerging middle classes. The Journal will explore their solutions and the governance arrangements that can either strengthen or limit their possible scope and impact.

Eco-Democracy - Vol. 60 issue 4

This Journal issue will explore the consequences of the continued influence of the dominant market liberism on democratic values, principles and processes, challenging popular beliefs that a free-market economy actually strengthens them. Indeed, many countries are experiencing significant shrinking of democratic spaces under the combined pressure of economic and political power concentration and the resurgence of the security state. The issue will then investigate how to re-imagine citizenship and democracy from a bio-centric rather than anthropocentric vision of people’s relations with their ecology and explore possible convergent pathways between ecological/environmental movements and those leading participatory local democratic experimentations. This could lead to new forms of eco-democracy and eco-citizenship that could contrast the current drive for political and environmental autocracy.

 
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PUBLISHED: NUTRITION

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.
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 PUBLISHED: SHARED SOCIETIES

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.

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PUBLISHED: INEQUALITIES

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.

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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