Development Studies: Book Series

Development in Practice Books

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Each title in the Development in Practice Books series offers a focused overview of practice-relevant analysis, experience, and research on key topics in development.


Development in Practice is one of the few internationally respected development journals that publishes articles that draw on credible research that informs practice and is written in such a way as engages practitioners – i.e. praxis. I write this as an academic and with feeling.

John Hailey, Professor at Cass Business School, City University London, UK

Development in Practice is at the interface between those who do development and those who write and research it. This is a vital space for interaction. I find myself several times a year informing graduating students, whether doctoral or masters, about the journal, and some of these send in articles. The practice of sending academic articles to practitioners and vice versa helps to maintain this space as a unique one between the worlds of practice and scholarship. No other journal I know in the field has a similar remit. Thus Development in Practice maintains the profile of the kinds of development practices and questions that more scholarly journals think are too 'general' or too 'specific' or not 'theoretical' enough. It thus maintains a dialogue at the interface of practice and research. This is really indispensable in a field like international development studies, where the pressure to become academically 'rigorous' and 'theoretically challenging' can end up pulling research away from practices on the ground, and the daily development struggles of those in the 'frontline' whether in policy or in application in specific local contexts.

Helen Hintjens, Institute of Social Studies, the Netherlands

Development in Practice is so highly regarded by some of the world's leading development thinkers that they publish their work in it. Present an activist, a practitioner and key influencers in policy institutions with a list of Development in Practice articles and it's likely they have read more than one - ask anyone who teaches development what their students have most enthusiastically read and quoted, including students on short courses from government institutions as well as those on secondment from NGOs, and chances are Development in Practice will feature in their top ten. Pieces like Sarah White's article on participation, for example, have inspired thousands of practitioners who were struggling to match their experiences with the rhetoric about participation. This is what makes this a journal of choice for those who want to communicate with the audiences of people who shape development.

Andrea Cornwall, Professorial Fellow, IDS, UK

  • Endogenous Development

    Naïve Romanticism or Practical Route to Sustainable African Development, 1st Edition

    Edited by Chiku Malunga, Susan H. Holcombe

    Western ideas, worldviews, actors, tools, models, and frameworks have long dominated development theory and practice in Africa. The resulting development interventions are too rarely locally rooted, locally driven, or resonant with local context. At the same time, theories and practices from…

    Paperback – 2017-06-16
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  • Eruptions, Initiatives and Evolution in Citizen Activism

    Civil Societies at Crossroads, 1st Edition

    Edited by Rajesh Tandon, L. David Brown

    Eruptions, Initiatives and Evolution in Citizen Activism is the result of a collaborative research project spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. The book analyses internal and external challenges to civil society in more than twenty countries. It investigates through…

    Hardback – 2014-10-03
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  • Global Food-Price Shocks and Poor People

    Themes and Case Studies, 1st Edition

    Edited by Marc J. Cohen, Melinda Smale

    This book examines the effects of high and volatile food prices during 2007-08 on low-income farmers and consumers in developing, transition, and industrialized countries. Previous studies of this crisis have mostly used models to estimate the likely impacts. This volume includes actual evidence…

    Paperback – 2014-06-23
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  • Religion, Religious Organisations and Development

    Scrutinising religious perceptions and organisations, 1st Edition

    Edited by Carole Rakodi

    This collection adds to a burgeoning literature concerned with the roles played by religions in development. The authors do not assume that religion and religious organisations can be ‘used’ to achieve development objectives, or that religiously inspired development work is more holistic,…

    Hardback – 2013-08-13
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  • Achieving Education for All through Public–Private Partnerships?

    Non-State Provision of Education in Developing Countries, 1st Edition

    Edited by Pauline Rose

    Concern for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 has led to a focus on the role that non-state providers (NSPs) can offer in extending access and improving quality of basic services. While NSPs can help to fill a gap in provision to those excluded from state provision, recent…

    Paperback – 2013-05-31
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  • Participatory Research and Gender Analysis

    New Approaches, 1st Edition

    Edited by Nina Lilja, John Dixon, Deborah Eade

    Agricultural development research aims to generate new knowledge or to retrieve and apply existing forms of knowledge in ways that can be used to improve the welfare of people who are living in poverty or are otherwise excluded, for instance by gender-based discrimination. Its effective application…

    Paperback – 2013-05-31
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  • Child Protection in Development

    1st Edition

    Edited by Michael Bourdillon, William Myers

    Every day millions of children in developing countries face adversities of many kinds, yet there is a shortage of sound evidence concerning their plight and an urgent need to identify the most appropriate and effective policy responses from among the multiple approaches that exist. This collection…

    Paperback – 2012-12-14
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