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In 2013 Development volume 56 interrogates What is the future of development...

At a time when development is the topic of policy debate, of global summits and of activist protests, the journal discusses on the one hand, what shape will the development agenda take as policymakers and analysts build upon international global agreements; on the other hand, given the overall context of rising inequality, recurrent crises, social frustrations, planetary limits, and global tensions, it provocatively interrogates whether development does even have a future.

From economists to policymakers, from activists to opinion leaders - all the players on the international development stage are involved in conflicting debates on what works, what should work, and what could work. Is it right then that at the moment we seem to be celebrating not the decisions made at global summits but merely the fact that the summit took place at all? Similarly much of civil society contents itself with celebrating opportunities provided by the meeting, the coming together, rather than any conclusive results. The conversation becomes a reiteration of problems rather than solutions.

Over the next three years we are devoting the journal to the larger question of the future of development, looking beneath that broad topic to the role played by strategy, technology, politics and the economy.

The four issues in the 2013 Volume will have the following themes:


The Future of Development

October 2013 

Press release | Editorial


The Future of the Economy

December 2013

Press release | Editorial


The Future of Global Governance

June 2014

Press release | Editorial

176 Forsight and Policy

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