Issue 53.1 | New institutions for Development

Volume 53 No 1 | New Institutions for Development | March 2010

What would development institutions look like if gender equality and women’s empowerment were central goal? The first issue of the 2010 volume 53, focuses on the need of reframing institutions for development and seeks to explore how human development can be revitalized to empower people to enact change.  The issue sketches out the limitations of the human development concept and its application through the MDGs; the articles look at development alternatives and the need to enlarge the concept of human development to include environment, culture and the bio sphere. The issue highlights the exciting changes that are happening in the social experiments in Latin America where buen vivir ‘living well’ is being put into action. Another major theme is the integral role that social reproduction and therefore women must play in the move towards collective well-being in the new types of conversations that need to go far beyond mainstream development models and blue prints.

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Launch event: The issue was launched on March 3, 2010, during the Commission on the Status of Women, CSW54, in New York. The event was chaired by Development's editor Wendy Harcourt and saw the participation of leading gender and development experts and critics including Khawar Mumtaz from Shirkat Gah, Pakistan, Andrea Cornwall from IDS, UK and Jacqueline Pitanguy from CEPIA, Brazil.  

LIVE BLOG: The key issues of the CSW54 summit have been captured and discussed by Wendy Harcourt in Gender Matters! blogroll on the SID Forum. 

Online launch: On the occasion of the online launch, additional interviews have been featured in DevelopmentPLUS with....

Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: The interview captures  his thoughts on the current crises and his concerns and hopes for new institutions for development, particularly inspired by the Latin American experiment of buen vivir. Download PDF

Shobha Raghuram, philosopher and independent researcher from India: She speaks about the crisis of the current governance system and the institutional reforms needed in order to achieve a sustainable human development. Download PDF

David Woodward, fellow at New Economic Foundation: He presents his views on how the current global governance system still reflects colonial values and institutions and presents the proposal for  the creation  of a global Parliament. Read more

Gustavo Esteva, grassroots activist and intellectual: He talks about the current struggle for land in Latin America and their demand for a new radical pluralism. Read more

Catherine Walsh, activist-intellectual long involved in social movement struggle in USA and Latin America, explains points of convergence and divergence between human development and buen vivir approaches and why we need to shift to the latter. Read more