SID Journal Development

7 October 2014 - Development is the flagship publication of the Society for International Development

Development 57.1 'Shared societies'

Special issue in partnership with the Club de Madrid. This issue of Development explores the concept of 'Shared Societies' developed by the Club de Madrid to inspire commitment to a notion of society where all individuals and constituent groups hold status as equally contributing participants, free to express their differences while integrating their voices within the broader population. It is a society centred on respect for the dignity of the individual and his or her community, no matter how different they may seem. In this context, this Journal issue also explores how such concept and approach could contribute to the discussion on the post-2015 development agenda.

Journal authors explore ways to move beyond mainstream approaches to integration and inclusion of diverse communities. They seek a third way other than 'assimilation', which leaves the weaker group resentful that their identity has not been truly recognized and respected, and simple 'cohabitation', which often consolidates tensions between majority and minority groups and leaves both resentful and confused. The articles therefore explore elements that could inspire new bases for inter-group relations and contribute to new societal projects for truly Shared Societies, ones which are not owned by one section of the community but truly belong to everyone.

Unfortunately, while some societies are showing the benefits of adopting this orientation and approach, too many in the world around us do not often seem to share these aspirations and we continually  experience how hate for diversity, quest for power and greed appear to be stronger drivers than peace, understanding and conviviality.
In the context of these challenges and the progressive erosion of the social foundations of many of our societies, this edition of Development is timely, and the aspirations for harmonious, just and convivial societies, which are promoted by conceptual frameworks such as those of Shared Societies and Buen Vivir, convey vital rays of light into the somehow gloomy prospects of our post-modern societies. This Journal issue aims to contribute to finding a path towards such new visions for humanity.

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Since 1957 Development has explored the cutting edge issues of human centred development. Juxtaposing conceptual analyses with dialogues over alternatives, policy perspectives with local voices, and top down development plans with community based strategies for livelihoods, gender and social justice, Development keeps readers up to date on the challenging issues of today's rapidly changing world. More here

Editorial: Shared Societies: A new approach to planetary 'conviventia'

This issue of Development explores the concept of ‘Shared Societies’ developed by the Club de Madrid to inspire a notion of society where all individuals and constituent groups hold status as equally contributing participants, free to express their differences while integrating their voices within the broader population. Unfortunately, the world around us does not seem to share these aspirations. The tragedies of Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, to name but some of the most recent headline-hogging places, suggest otherwise. Read more
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Shared societies and the UN
Danilo Türk: Examines the UN decision making process and the implications if the Shared Societies is to be part of the discussion.

2015 Time for action
Amina Mohammed: Reviews the progress towards the post 2015 development agenda and and what is required to ensure a life of dignity for all by 2013.

Radical ecological democracy
Ashish Kothari: Critiques the dominant economic development model on the basis of South Asian experiences.
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Launch Event Vol. 57.1

Development 57.1 will be launched at the United Nations on October 8th with Danilo Türk, former president of Slovenia and Amina Mohammed Special Advisor to Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning. Download programme

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