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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.

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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Open Leadership – Development Dialogue paper no.5

Development dialogue paper no.5 | January 2014
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Jan Vandemoortele argues in development dialogue paper no.2 ‘Post-2015 – why another approach is needed’ that it is time for the UN to cut back on dialogue and focus the post-2015 consultations more directly towards a development agenda that is easy to communicate, implement and monitor. In this paper Jose Dallo advocates that continuous and inclusive dialogue can make the concept of the UN as a ‘dynamic instrument for an organised world community’ a reality. – Open dialogue, particularly at the national level, should continue until the end of 2015 and beyond.
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Is the UN Development System Becoming Irrelevant? – Development Dialogue paper no.4

Development dialogue paper no.4 | December 2013
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The challenges described in development dialogue paper no.3, ‘UN Development at a Crossroads’, are elaborated further in this paper. One particular problem is the lack of a unifying paradigm consolidating the ideational and operational parts of the UN Development system. Human Development could have been such a paradigm but failed to achieve a universal status partly due to the compartmentalized structure of the UN.
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UN Development at a Crossroads
- Development Dialogue paper no.3

Development dialogue paper no.3 | October 2013
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The UN development system stands at a crossroads. It can either embrace the deepreform required to remain relevant to development in today’s global economy, or face the prospect of continued marginalisation. The path chosen at this juncture depends on the commitment of all relevant actors – UN agencies and governments – as well as strong leadership: from governments, from within the UN development system, and from the Secretary-General.
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