International development

International development or Global development lacks of clear definition.

“Development’ is a concept which is contested both theoretically and politically, and is inherently both complex and ambiguous … … Recently [it] has taken on the limited meaning of the practice of development agencies, especially in aiming at reducing poverty and the Millennium Development Goals”. Thomas, 2004 

“Development is not purely an economic phenomenon. In an ultimate sense, it must encompass more than the material and financial side of people’s lives. Development should therefore be perceived as a multidimensional process involving the reorganization and reorientation of entire economic and social systems”, Michael Paul Todaro, in Classic Theories of Development: A Comparative Analysis.

Andrew Sumner and Micheal Tribe, in “International Development Studies: Theories and Methods in Research and Practice” suggest three “discernible definitions of development“:

Development as a long term progress of strcutural societal transformation

Development as a short- to medium-term outcome od desirable targets

Development as a dominant discourse of Western mondernity

Credits: Photo by Doug Linstedt

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