The article critically reflects on the notiono of inclusive development by looking how LGBT issues have been integrated into programming and by discussing the challenges that remain. With a link to the current SDG agenda and examples from several countries, the article argues for a well-informed yet more progressive stance on LGBT issues. As working on LGBT can put both development workers and beneficiaries at risk, it is crucial to ensure that any engagement is informed by local legitimacy and not perceived as an external imposition.

The article provides a closer look to the tourism industry and asks whether the inclusion of women into the tourism industry does truly enhance their empowerment or simply reproduces the given gender inequalities in economic terms. Is it the women who benefit from participation in the free market or the elite who gains a new labor force to maximize their profit? Is economic empowerment logically linked to the social empowerment on the community level? These and many more questions are reflected upon in this article.

From the field to the final report, our process of learning in development aid stems from a negative beginning and ends with a mundane filing of a document. The evolution of development aid and our programming depends on learning from our past mistakes and creating greater impact for the most vulnerable, however current practice places organizational learning at the bottom of our priorities. As an individual, change in your working system may seem insurmountable, but by merely having greater awareness of learning as a process we begin to evolve ourselves and transform our communities.

Agriculture universally constitutes the bedrock for the emergence of civilisations across multiple societies all over the world. These histories provide ample opportunities for gazing over time and space to enrich the theoretical discussions of today’s agriculture development sector. This article discusses how we can make sense of the varieties of historical paths of agricultural transformation around the world, to inform today’s practices.

While many indigenous activists emphasize the importance of cultural self-determination, the economic drivers of deprivation are often sidelined. By having a closer look to the history of the Tharus in Southern Nepal, the article makes clear that the marginalization of indigenous peoples is also informed by wider processes of development, such as urbanization and the modernization of agricultural production. Identity politics, therefore, is a limited response to the problems indigenous people face.

The issue of food security and sustainable food systems attracts great deals of attention from the development sector, but are we looking at these issues through the right frame? Responses have tended to focus narrowly on optimising production but have overlooked the way in which control food systems causes inefficiencies. This article advocates for the support of policy and action that explicitly looks to challenge corporate control over food supply chains.

Indigenous peoples, typically among the most marginalized subgroups, share a strong connection to their land and have developed rich knowledge on agro-biodiversity. Shifting cultivation is an ancestral farming practice of indigenous peoples which is seen as ‘primitive,’ economically unviable and environmentally destructive. This article argues that this long-held view is now contested and that there is sufficient evidence to show that shifting cultivation can be sustainable and beneficial to the food and nutritional security of communities. From equitable land distribution schemes to the provision of ecosystem services, shifting cultivation can enhance both the communities as well as nature. 

The falling number of refugees crossing from Turkey to the EU is often used as an indicator of success of an agreement between the two regions to manage the numbers of displaced people entering Europe. However, as refugees are confined in their first point of entry while their claims are processed – in this case, Aegean Islands – has resulted in protracted detention in utterly unacceptable living conditions. This article is based on both an ethnographic study and a personal experience about the hardship of refugees in Lesvos.  

In this article, Monish Verma examines Ulrich Beck’s essay, “How Climate Change Might Save the World: Metamorphosis.” He gives his take on each of Beck’s seven theses on how climate change is affecting the world and links it specifically to the critical situation in the Himalayas in India. The essay calls for a cosmopolitan and green modernity transformation to turn climate change risks into a prospect for bottom-up change.

How do the activities of international corporations in developing countries shape local gender relations? Are new technologies which enhanced the safety of women in the developed world necessarily fruitful tools for supporting women in poorer countries? What does it mean to work as a development practitioner on gender in an increasingly globalized world? The article explores these questions aiming to increase critical awareness on gender dilemmas which often cannot be resolved through technical solutions.