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International Development Policy is a critical source of analysis of development policy and international cooperation trends and is aimed at scholars, policymakers, development professionals, and journalists. It offers a diverse range of academic views from both industrialised countries and emerging economies.

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The series has published an average of one volume per year since 2014.

1 Introduction The notion of “development” is supposed to imply progress in the sense of a structural improvement in people’s possibilities to sustain their daily livelihoods. Indeed, it is not just economies that are to be uplifted but people themselves: as actors in their own development

In: The Chinese Journal of Global Governance
The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa
What are the prospects and means of achieving development through a democratic politics of socio-economic rights? Starting from the position that socio-economic rights are as legally and normatively valid as civil and political rights, this anthology explores the politics of acquiring and transforming socio-economic rights in South Africa. The book brings together an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars in an examination of the multifaceted politics of social and economic policy-making, rights-based political struggles and socio-economic rights litigations. The post-apartheid South African experience shows that there is no guarantee that democracy will eliminate poverty or reduce social inequality, but also that democratic institutions and politics may provide important means for asserting interests and rights in regard to development. Thus it is argued that democratic politics of socio-economic rights may democratise development while also developing democracy.

International development and the Christian mission have an ambivalent relationship. Faith-based organizations were present before the official coining of the term “development” and have through time been active partners in the development process. At the same time, it is also clear that not all