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Development Dialogue is addressed to individuals and organizations in both the South and the North, including policy makers, international institutions, member of civil society, the media and the research community.

Development dialogue is intended to provide a free forum for critical discussion of international development priorities for the 21st century. The Journal reflects the outcomes of the Foundation’s seminars, but is also a forum for contributions to the ongoing debate.

Below the issues are listed in chronological order.
A more compact list of the issues can be found here.

Older Persons and the Post-2015 agenda – a sub-Saharan African’s perspective

Development dialogue paper no.10 | June 2014
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There are multiple priorities under consideration in the post-2015 development agenda. If however, we are to approach the dialogue through a life-cycle lens, then the issues related to ageing and the demographic shifts cannot be left behind. Globally, by 2030, persons aged 60 and above (older persons) will outnumber children under the age of 10. As planning for the post-2015 era continues, there is a need to reassess our current policies and practice so that they are made fit for purpose in a greying world.
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Post-2015 and the Poison Threads – Shift the Gaze | Development Dialogue paper no.9

Development dialogue paper no.9 | May 2014
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In this paper Amitabh Behar talks about the ‘golden threads’ of global development versus the ‘poison threads‘, the latter according to Behar are the real causes of endemic poverty, growing inequality and exclusion. ‘The global leadership and the UN face the sizable challenge of making a historic choice between continuing the legacy and hegemony of neoliberalism or of weaving together a “new deal” which is truly transformative and puts the poor and ordinary citizens at the center’, says Behar in the paper.
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Renewing UN development
- Development Dialogue paper no.8

Development dialogue paper no.8 | April 2014
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This paper argues that if true multilateralism in the global socio-economic arena is to be saved, there needs to be a radical re-think of what the UN delivers to its increasingly heterogeneous group of member states in the development field. The fundamental challenge for the UN development system is to reposition itself so that it remains relevant and provides an added value to all its member states.The international development community, in the so-called post-2015 development process, is now scrambling to agree on how to follow up on the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. The stakes are high and there is no doubt that multilateral solutions will be needed to solve some of the more pressing global challenges. At the same time the UN development system is being put into question more than ever before. The need for renewal is as real as it is urgent.
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Global food governance – Development Dialogue paper no.7

Development dialogue paper no.7 | March 2014
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‘Due to a lack of broad global governance structures for food security; food and agriculture is today largely managed by actors promoting a discourse of trade liberalisation and a “new green revolution”, which has many drawbacks, especially for small-scale farmers (smallholders)’, argues Josefin Smeds in this Paper. Many small-scale farmers and civil society actors offer a radically different approach, with an intrinsic focus on social justice and environmental sustainability. It is imperative for global governance debates to closely integrate such perspectives from smallholders and civil society, and to address the negative implications of the dominant food security discourse as well as the influence from private interests on decision-making.
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Inclusivity in Peacebuilding – Development Dialogue paper no.6

Development dialogue paper no.6 | February 2014
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Do internationally supported peacebuilding initiatives manage to reach all of the people engaged in and affected by conflict? How can the international community move beyond token engagement of local stakeholders to support a peace that is genuinely locally owned and locally led? Without youth participation, information sharing, reconciliation and focus both on local and national aspects, international peacebulding support is bound to fail. These are some of the preliminary findings of our first case studies on Somalia and Timor-Leste.
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