Development

Development

Exorcising the Curse of Voodoo Economics

April 2014

Reclaiming Development, a closely-argued critique of neoliberal economic policy, is debunking development orthodoxies at its best. Republished now, ten years after its first appearance, the book has lost none of its relevance for students and those trying to re-direct economic policies away from their financialized doom-loops.

Tax the Rich

March 2013

The Human Development Report 2013 highlights the rise of the Global South as the main drivers of the world economy, but rapid economic growth does not always equate to improvements in human development as India's experience shows.

A ‘Land Sovereignty’ Alternative?

September 2012

Dramatic changes around food, climate, energy, and finance in recent years have pushed questions of land use and land control back onto the centre stage of development discourse, at the very moment when the same conditions are spurring an unprecedented rush for land and water across the globe.

The Marikana massacre

September 2012

Mining is a lucrative business opportunity. With the global demand still being so high the South African government is banking on mining as the country's route to development. What then are the implications of the Marikana massacre?

Dismantle Corporate Power

June 2012

Call to International Action for the economic, political, cultural and environmental sovereignty of our peoples.
End the impunity of transnational corporations Now!

Eric Holt-Giménez: What's wrong with the industrial food system and the challenges facing food justice movements

Eric Holt-Giménez
January 2012

In the industrial or corporate food regime, hunger is a staple commodity. Agrarian and food justice movements have come a long way in building an alternative system, but there are still many challenges.

Miguel Altieri: On agroecology, and why it is the solution to hunger and food security

Miguel Altieri
January 2012

Today, a billion people live in hunger. Can we feed the world and achieve economic development while conserving ecosystems and improving the livelihoods of peasants and the rural poor?

 

Olivier de Schutter: What is agroecological farming? And why should it be upscaled?

Olivier de Schutter
January 2012

The food crisis and the environmental crisis are two sides of one coin, so any solution to hunger and food security must also be sustainable and contribute to ecological integrity.

 

The Dark Side of Investment Agreements

December 2011

Signing international investment treaties, in the hope of attracting foreign investments, has been a central strategy for governments looking to improve economic development. The less known side of this story is that by signing investment treaties, governments are giving away the sovereign right to regulate in the interest of people and the environment. They also expose themselves to the risk of spending millions in law suits that could have been used to serve public needs. It’s time that the dark side of investment is put under the spotlight.

Hunger, Food and (Agroecological) Alternatives

November 2011

Today, a billion people live in hunger. Can we feed the world and achieve economic development while conserving ecosystems and improving the livelihoods of peasants and the rural poor?