Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

How the urban poor define and measure food security in Cambodia and Nepal

Urban food security, or its lack, is attracting growing interest in global policy debates. Glaringly missing in these conversations, however, are the voices of the urban poor. To fill this … Continue reading

Sunday, 4 August 2019 · Leave a comment

Inequality, good governance, and endemic corruption

Can a society suffering contests between rich and poor achieve good governance in the face of endemic corruption? We examine a stylized poor state with weak institutions in which a … Continue reading

Sunday, 21 July 2019 · Leave a comment

What’s in a Word? The Conceptual Politics of ‘Informal’ Street Trade in Dar es Salaam

Focussing on policies towards urban street trade in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in this paper I illustrate how despite the widely acknowledged limits to its analytical usefulness, the contested and … Continue reading

Sunday, 7 July 2019 · Leave a comment

Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary

“Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary” is a stimulating collection of over 100 essays on transformative alternatives to the currently dominant processes of globalized development, including its structural roots in modernity, capitalism, … Continue reading

Saturday, 29 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Borderslums — {FAVEL issues}

The U.S.-Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates the first and bleeds. ––Gloria Anzaldúa According to Gloria Anzaldúa, borders define the safe from the unsafe and … Continue reading

Monday, 17 June 2019 · Leave a comment

What older people need in Singapore: A household budgets study

In this study, we conducted focus group discussions to ascertain how ordinary Singaporeans think about what constitutes basic needs in Singapore today, and to determine the household budgets necessary to … Continue reading

Sunday, 16 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Negotiating Gender Equity in the Global South

The fact that women have achieved higher levels of political inclusion within low- and middle-income countries has generated much speculation about whether this is reaping broader benefits in tackling gender-based … Continue reading

Tuesday, 4 June 2019 · Leave a comment

Inequalities in the twenty-first century

We need to step back and ask: how are different kinds of inequality related and which matter most? What are the underlying forces that come together to create them? And … Continue reading

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 · Leave a comment

Of (not) being neighbors: cities, citizens and climate change in an age of migrations

Borders are back with a vengeance. From the Americas to the Mediterranean, borders cut through the increasingly integrated world in a way that exposes the inside-outside logic of contemporary capitalism. … Continue reading

Friday, 12 April 2019 · Leave a comment