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Concept of development

Development is a controversial concept. It is linked both to decolonisation processes and to the end of World War 2, when countries were divided according to their political/ideological alliances: First World (capitalist), Second World (communist) and Third World (unaligned nations). Therefore, the notion of development always implies a relationship with other countries and ideas about what ideal societies should look like.
 
The idea of a more developed country evokes the image of industrialised, affluent nations, material wealth, technology, modernity, democracy, scientific knowledge, civilisation and education. However, this image is constructed in relation to other nations which are thought to be ‘backwards’, lacking in these attributes and in need of assistance to catch up. But who defines these parameters, in whose name and for whose benefit?
 
The concept of development has been questioned in recent years from different perspectives. Some critics see development as the imperialism of knowledge, a continuation of colonialism, which imposes on the world a 'modernity' that it does not necessarily want. Others see development efforts as political moves that will benefit mainly the economies of 'developed' countries and create even more inequalities as the flow of knowledge and power is often one way in the ‘development industry’. Some groups have tried to re-deploy the notion of development taking into account the environmental costs of industrialisation and have advocated for 'sustainable development'. Others say that a capitalist economic model is never going to be sustainable…and the discussion goes on.
 
Vanessa Andreotti, Nottingham University