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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

Vol. 56.1 | October 2013 

Press release | Editorial


The Future of the Economy

Vol. 56.2 | December 2013

Press release | Editorial


The Future of Global Governance

Vol. 56.3 | March 2013

Press release | Editorial


Forsight and Policy

Vol. 56.4

In cooperation with Rockefeller Foundation

Volume 57 is devoted to the wider dialogue of the future of development, featuring a series of innovative debates on the post-2015 development discussion. We have collaborated with leading organisations to gain further insight into various key areas and how we can find positive ways of tackling the challenges we will face on the post-2015 agenda.

Shared Societies

Special issue with the Club of Madrid

Vol. 57.1

Sustainable Industrial Transformation

Special issue with UNIDO

Vol. 57.2


Special issue with Organising Committee of the Pan-African Conference on Inequalities

Vol. 57.3


Vol. 57.4

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