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Development in Transition



A country’s level of development and its level of income are often seen as synonymous. Many, thus, understand development as poorer countries “catching up” with richer countries. Once the poorer countries catch up, they cease being “developing” and become “developed”.

However, development economics, including the Development Centre’s own work, tell a different story. First, development is more complex than getting from a to b: it is a continuous and never-ending process that is even reversible.  It follows a wide diversity of pathways depending on a country’s specific geography and history. Second, the arrival of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) signals that development has multiple economic, social and environmental dimensions, beyond income. And development outcomes embrace the interdependence amongst national, regional and international levels.

These realities trigger a fundamental rethinking of how countries – at all levels of development – should interact with one another in the changing global landscape. Development in Transition (DiT) embraces a movement to better design policies, practices and partnerships both at home and internationally. It seeks to build the machinery of a new international co-operation – a fresh multilateralism – fit for the purpose of promoting sustainable development for all.


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Dialogues and Events

Diálogo de Alto Nivel Desarrollo en Transición: Los Desafíos del Desarrollo en un Mundo Cambiante  

Development in Transition
Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the United Nations ECLAC

Development in Transition at the 37th session of the ECLAC
Remarks by Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General
South-South co-operation as a mutual learning process
Interview with Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre

Monitoring and evaluation approaches in South-South co-operation
Interview with Andre de Mello e Souza, IPEA Coordinator

The importance of impact assessment of South-South co-operation
Interview with Sachin Chaturvedi, Director of IRS

Different types of South-South co-operation (video in Spanish)
Interview with Cecilia Alemany, coordinator of Red Sur

9 February 2018: ‘’Technical  Brainstorming Meeting on South-South Co-operation in a New Development Context: Towards a Consensus Agenda for Action’’ amongst experts from think tanks from the Global South
Event photos


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