The History of Development

Writing the History of Development Part 1:  (The First Wave)

By Joseph Morgan Hodge

Reviews the key contributions over the past twenty years to post-development studies, with reflections on how, despite the projection that development as a project would not survive its critics, "the central tenets of the development discourse continue to persist and permeate the minds of policy makers and analysts, seemingly impervious to criticism and meaningful reform."  

Beyond Colonialism, Development and Globalization

Edited by Dominique Caouette and Dip Kapoor

Contributors suggest that development "from below," ought to be taken seriously, as they analyze theories of development from the perspective of the subaltern populations often considered beneficiaries of development. Through case studies, it explores the ways in which the Global South not only rejects Western notions of development and modernization, but offer their own, viable alternatives, particularly through social movements.

Geopolitics and Development

By Marcus Power 

Offers a critical assessment of how geopolitics and development have interacted over time, particularly during key historical junctures such as the Cold War, the end of empire, and the War on Terror. It also considers what the rise of emerging global leaders such as China, Brazil and India means for established practices of development co-operation, if not the development paradigm as a whole.

The Problem with Saving the World: The UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals aim to save the world without transforming it

By Jason Hickel

Critics accuse the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of being vague, aspirational, and trying to cover too much ground; they prefer the old, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which focused on reducing absolute poverty. Defenders of the SDGs, however, explain that the goals have emerged from an authentically inclusive process, involving developing countries, unlike the MDGs, which were top-down. Hickel outlines the debate and argues that the SDGs are profoundly contradictory, to the point of being self-defeating

The Future of Aid: Will International NGOs survive?

By Deborah Doane 

Climate change and digital campaigns are among the challenges that will force NGOs to reinvent themselves, as their legitimacy is in question by governments, southern partners, donors, and even their own staff.  Social innovation is rising up around INGOs, making them appear outdated and static, and social enterprises are replacing the service delivery space where INGOs once led, confronted by a fresh wave of philanthro-capitalists seeking out “beyond charity” solutions to poverty.