Development

Development is the flagship publication of the Society for International Development (SID). 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.

Development was founded in 1957 as the journal of the Society for International Development. Since then, the journal has provided a space for debate and cross-fertilization on the most topical issues in the development arena.

By providing articles by a wide variety of actors such as development practitioners, academics and activists, it has brought to international attention issues that were left on the margins, being one of the first publications to talk about gender issues or the link between development and the environment.

Over the years, Development has been both the mirror and the vanguard of the Society, reflecting what SID was experiencing as well as paving the way for new ideas and programmes. With its innovative and fresh insights, it has provided the Society with a tool that could generate a genuine dialogue on key ranging from the future of development, sustainable livelihoods, gender empowerment, and economic justice.

 

Development Publication Schedule
As a result of editorial changes, the Journal is continuing to experience significant publishing delays. While sincerely apologizing for the inconvenience, the Society for International Development would like to restate its full commitment to publish all pending issues and restore a normal production schedule by the end of the 2014 calendar year. Issue 56.3 on The 'Future of Global Governance' is currently at final production stage while Issue 56.4 on 'Foresight and Policy' will publish shortly thereafter. Volume 57 will then feature a series of cutting-edge issues on various key areas of the post-2015 development discussion. Here the full line-up of the upcoming Journal issues:
Foresight & Policy - Special issue with the Rockefeller Foundation
There is evidence everywhere that humanity finds itself in a crucible of uncertainty. However, it would be difficult to claim full surprise as some phenomena were foreseen by careful observers, analysts and commentators. Whether it comes from renowned global experts, early warning units or public interest organizations, foresight seem to be largely ineffective in terms of its influence on action by decision-makers and those in authority. This Journal Issue explores the connection between such forward-looking analysis, the implications for policy and action that emerge from it, and the actual decision taken (or not taken). It aims to bring foresight out from academia and into the public and practical domain. A large portion of the literature on foresight has focused on its theoretical and methodological dimensions. There are few examples of the analysis of the effectiveness of foresight in influencing policy and action. Through a collection of articles, interviews, case studies and reflections from both producers and consumers of foresight, this Journal issue will explore these and similar questions with a view to proposing foresight as a valuable tool with which to navigate the deepening uncertainty facing humanity.
Shared Societies  - Special issue  with the Club de Madrid
The concept of Shared Societies has been developed by the Club de Madrid since 2007.  It encapsulates an approach to intergroup relations which aims to ensure that all those living in a society feel that they belong and can play a full part in that society.  It has become increasingly evident that a Shared Society is not only inherently desirable but a Shared Society is more effective in ensuring positive development for all and has a positive impact on many aspects of development and sustainability. This edition of Development will analyze the concept, consider how it relates to other concepts such as social capital and horizontal inequality, and share experience of the applicability of the concept at local, regional national and global levels. It will also examine how far the Shared Society concept and its materials provide a framework which can lead to inclusive and sustainable development and as such what it might contribute to the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and how that perspective can be included.  Finally it will consider the implications of this concept for rethinking the current approaches to social and economic development.
Sustainable Industrial Transformation - 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, after one of the greatest financial crises of the post-WWII era, 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 - economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusiveness - 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.
Inequalities - Special issue with the Organizing Committee of the Pan-African Conference on Inequalities
The end of 2015 ushers in a new era for the global concerted effort toward the eradication of poverty.  With consultations about the next set of goals and targets well underway, there has been an increasing realization that measuring development achievements in aggregates has tended to mask substantial differentials among the intended beneficiaries of progress, and most importantly the situation of some at the lower end of the distribution, has actually worsened. Equitable societies promote social capital, social cohesion and stability, trust and tolerance and thereby innovation, economic growth and sustainable development. Yet, in spite of successive development efforts inequalities of various dimensions persist at high levels, are growing or not declining fast enough in many countries, particularly in Africa. Inequalities harm society, undermine the efforts to transform national economies, manage the environment and improve the quality of lives of Africa's people. They have also contributed to threatening national cohesion and creating insecurity, and are a significant factor in the violent civil conflicts and protests. Building on the preparations for the upcoming Pan-African Conference on Inequalities, this Journal explores the challenge of inclusion and equity and explore ways to tackle inequalities in the context of structural transformation.
Nutrition
As the world debates the post MDG agenda, malnutrition and under-nutrition continue to affect a morally unacceptable share of the human population. Without shifting importance away from the dramatic level of human deprivation and hunger experienced in some developing countries, the problem now transcends the traditional North-South divide with the significant increase of obesity, hidden hunger and malnutrition in significant segments of population in supposedly developed countries. In preparation for the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition, this Journal issue explores the nexus between nutrition, food security and sustainable agriculture and how to address its challenges in new post-2015 agenda.

 

Read more about the journal's history through the words and the stories of key people and contributors of the Society. Browse the collections of past issues on Economic Justice  and on Sustainability

 

The journal is published on behalf of SID by Palgrave Macmillan.