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

Videos on Development in Transition:

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
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2-3 October 2019: IX Reflection Forum of the EU-LAC Foundation “Building inclusive societies under the new development paradigm”


10 December 2019: Centre for Policy Dialogue Anniversary Lecture 2019 “Perspectives on Global Development: Rethinking Development Strategies”

21 January 2020: 6th Development in Transition Seminar to the OECD Development Centre Governing Board

Wilton Park virtual dialogue:


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