For 60 years Development has aimed to push the conversation about development beyond the givens. It has explored innovative perspectives on human and sustainable development with a critical perspective on the whole development project.

To complement the thematic issues, the editorial team have curated selected articles from across the issues to tackle key overarching topics, connecting research, policy, local experience, global activism and alternative thinking.

Gender Equality

About the collection

Gender has always been a key area of interest for SID since its inception in 1957. Similarly, the journal Development has explored gender and development issues widely considering gender as a key pillar towards the promotion of a human centred and sustainable development

On the occasion of the Fifty-Ninth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, CSW59/Beijing+20 (2015), Development is reviewing the journal's past contribution to these debates with an online collection on 'Gender Equality', with a selection of articles published between 2005 and 2014, in order to reflect on the progress of gender equality in this last decade, as well as the losses and further challenges ahead.

The articles are authored by women activists, gender experts and community leaders advocating for gender equality from diverse viewpoints. They collectively look at the need to integrate gender and economic justice; take into account the impact of growing economic and religious fundamentalisms, new technologies and widening inequalities on the women's rights agenda. They explore the dichotomies and competitive tensions within feminist agendas and discuss how to go beyond mainstream interpretations of women's empowerment addressing the issue of agency and sexual rights.

SID journal Development will continue to reflect on and analyze the complexities of gender in the today's changing world and will continue to support the conversation on how to achieve greater agency for women, gender equality and women's empowerment.

We hope, like us, that you enjoy these past insights and reflections as we move into the post 2015 era!

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Answering the Skeptics: Achieving gender equality and the Millennium Development Goals
Caren Grown

Integrating Feminist Agendas: Gender justice and economic justice
Carol Barton

African Feminism: How should we change?
Sylvia Tamale

Women's Rights in a changing world
Anita Naya

Governing Intimacy, Struggling for Sexual Rights: Challenging heteronormativity in the global development industry
Amy Lind

Introduction: Women's Empowerment: Contentions and contestations
Andrea Cornwall and Nana Akua Anyidoho

Development as if Gender Matters
Wendy Harcourt

Indigenous Women in Defence of Life and Land: An introduction
Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius, Mariana Gómez Alvarez Icaza and Iván González Márquez

Surviving the Fierce New World
Gita Sen

Occupy Development – Towards a caring economy
Christa Wichterich


About the collection

This Development Collection presents past articles published in Development since 1999 on sustainability, reflecting how the concept has evolved over the last two decades.

There are three major threads that run through the selection. One thread sets out differing ‘on the ground’ views of sustainability from non western perspective such as Buddhism and indigenous knowledges. A second thread looks at the exciting concept and practice of Buen Vivir (‘living well’ or ‘collective well-being’) in Latin America as an alternative to current models of development. The third thread raises political issues around resource management with articles that address questions of how people can ensure and protect environmental sustainability, in rural as well as urban contexts, through collective action and more holistic education. All call for a re-thinking of the meaning of development, illustrating the importance of non-western ways for conceptualising both sustainability and the goals of development.

Browse articles

Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional arrangements and (de)colonial entanglements
Catherine Walsh

Reading Political Responses to Food, Fuel and Financial Crises: The return of the moral economy?
Naomi Hossain

Expanding Economic Perspectives for Sustainability in Urban Water and Sanitation
Kumudini Abeysuriya, Cynthia Mitchell and Juliet Willetts

Climate Change, Social Justice and Development
Terry Barker, Erban Scrieciu and David Taylor

Agricultural Biodiversity: African alternatives to a ‘green revolution’
Andrew Mushita and Carol Thompson

‘May God Give Us Chaos, So That We Can Plunder’: A critique of ‘resource curse’ and conflict theories
Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Sustainable Development: Conventional versus emergent alternative wisdom
David C Korten

Editorial: Sustainable Development: Who Cares?
Wendy Harcourt

Globalization, Universities and Sustainable Human Development
Robert Forrant & Jean L Pyle

The Position of Via Campesina on Biodiversity, Biosafety and Genetic Resources
Via Campesina

Natural Resources, Governance and Social Justice
Franck Amalric