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 to 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.

Development is published by Palgrave Macmillan's on behalf of SID. Instructions for authors, rights and permissions, and the full journal's archive of past issues are available on the publisher's website.

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The World Needs Healthy Commons - Vol. 63 issue 2-4

This journal issue on 'The World Needs Healthy Commons', inaugurates SID’s engagement in the territory of global health, and intends to stimulate a broad-based reflection about health justice and the politics of care, starting the conversation from the viewpoint of the global fragility that has long afflicted the lives of billions of people around the world, and yet remained concealed until COVID-19 came to tear the veil. On the other hand, the origins of this virus and the major reasons for such anthropogenic migration stem from the induced ecological imbalances that humankind has created. This means that reclaiming health as a social common implies addressing the changes that we need to make in our developmental choices and behaviours as an integral part of the earth’s ecosystem.

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Identities and Citizenship - Vol. 63 issue 1 - In partnership with Twaweza

This journal issue on ‘Identities and Citizenship', takes a critical look at the complex terrain that surrounds both identity and citizenship. It highlights the profound transformations that are unfolding in various countries around the world and their impact on governance and decision-making. It is clear that the re-emergence of a more vehement brand of identity politics is bringing a new urgency to politics and political participation. In seeking to bring to the fore stories of the changes and how they are impacting and influencing political participation, this journal issue seeks to challenge its readers to reflect on the necessity of building just and fair societies. In examining the drivers that are fueling the outrage against ‘others’ it aims to shine a spotlight on the failures to tackle runaway inequalities and how this has contributed to disinterring old ghosts and giving them a new lease of life.

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Technology Justice - Vol. 62 issue 1-4 - In partnership with ETC Group 

We live in an era of technology euphoria. However, such euphoria may also contribute to collective hypnosis. Technology, at least in conventional terms, is not the solution to all our problems and sometimes the technology-hope generates spaces of comfort where we underplay the transformational shifts we are necessarily confronted with. Technology allows us to think that we can have our cake and eat it. This Journal issue will explore the nexus between technology and development starting from the assumption that technology justice is an integral part of development justice. It will explore the role and contribution of diverse knowledge systems to the pursuit of sustainable development, including indigenous knowledge systems as well as informal technologies and innovations that have allowed communities to cope with climate, environmental and resource scarcity challenges. The Journal will also assess the role that technology and intellectual property regimes play in promoting the concentration of wealth and economic power, and explore the challenge of technology governance. Indeed, the technology divide needs to be addressed not only by ensuring access to adequate development technologies, but by tackling increasing corporate control over technologies that threaten privacy, marginalize community innovations and encourage new patterns of dependence. The Journal will be produced in the lead-up to the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum that will take place in New York in June 2018.

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Looking Back - Looking Forward - Vol. 61 issue 1-4

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.

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Feminist Futures - Vol. 60 issue 1-2  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.

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Guest Editorial by Rochelle Jones

Is Democracy In Crisis - Vol. 60 issue 3-4

What next for democracy? In recent years, there has been a growing concern about the state of health of democracy. In many countries, a growing number of citizens no longer feel the need to participate in electoral processes; the political system is no longer perceived as bringing opportunities for meaningful change. The space for debates around diverse ideas and visions of society  is narrowing down; the recent growing emphasis on ‘the politics of fear’ has emboldened populist formations in many countries. The proliferation of technology have dramatically changed the way people seek and share information, express their will and perceive their role as citizens. This is leading to a deepening alienation between the citizen and the political systems. Yet, all may not be so bleak.  There could be places where democracy remains vibrant and provides a beacon for societies seeking options for a better future. In comparing and contrasting the state of democracy in various societies around the world, this journal issue seeks to deepen the debate on the future of democracy and explore lessons from which we can all learn.

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Financing for Development - Vol. 59 issue 1-2

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.

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Climate Justice  - Vol. 59 issue 3-4

The quest to mitigate the damaging efforts of climate change brings into sharp contrast, the wealth and power gaps between rich and poor nations; between large corporations and marginalized citizens around the world. As La Via Campesina puts it, the Paris and Marrakech accords “are underpinned with an approach that places the commercial and financial interests of multinational corporations and the world economy ahead of respect for human rights.” The move towards implementing these accords will see the lingering questions of equity and justice assume new and more urgent overtones as extreme weather events undermine livelihoods and force more people to migrate from their homes. Mitigation efforts aimed at shifting towards zero-carbon economies will also raise new questions about employment and workers’ rights during the transitional period. Thus, questions of climate justice need to move front and centre of our reflections on how to tackle what is clearly the greatest challenge humanity has faced yet. This journal issue seeks to shine a spotlight on the opportunities and challenges to implementing an agenda for climate justice. It will look at the state of dialogue between the various actors and the progress being made (or not) as well as highlight the efforts being undertaken ‘under the radar’ by communities, cities and other non-state actors to provide leadership and implement their climate adaptation solutions.

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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.

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Sustainable Industrial Transformation - Vol. 58 issue 4 - 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.

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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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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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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