Institute of Development Studies
Time to Reimagine Development
- Edited by Lawrence Haddad, Naomi Hossain, Allister J. McGregor and Lyla Mehta - 2011
- ISBN 0265 5012
- 120 pages
- Printed price £14.95
IDS Bulletins - Vol 42 No 5
The major global crises of the past four years have collectively had a dramatic impact on people’s lives and livelihoods – but have they also had a large impact on core ideas underlying mainstream development? This is the question addressed by the Reimaging Development initiative in this issue of the IDS Bulletin. IDS researchers, students and partners build a more grounded view of the crises’ effects and bring in new ideas emerging from different sectors in their wake. They also ask, ‘What are the enablers and barriers to reimagining?’ The articles in this issue are thinkpieces, often reflecting on very specific events, from the various sites in the initiative. Overall the analysis illustrates how difficult it is to get away from ‘business as usual’. While humankind has made great advances in reducing poverty and disease and in promoting freedoms over the past 50 years, the work is only part done. Still too many people lack justice, rights and material wellbeing and they must not be forgotten. The issue suggests that we must keep challenging our assumptions and theories of change about development. Because ideas, institutions and interests are rarely aligned we must be ready to advance human wellbeing when they are. This means building reimagining into our everyday work and into our professional relationships by investing in processes that support wild ideas, horizon scanning and reflective practice. In the future, we must not confine reimagining to key moments, however important they may seem.