Brown Bag Series: April 2017

The New National Planning in the Global South
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - 11:50 am to 1:00 pm
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National development planning is back in fashion. Our survey has identified 112 developing and emerging countries that have national development plans or similar documents, twice as many as a decade ago. While some of these resemble the formalistic “paper plans” that were so common in the 1960s and 1970s, others represent serious attempts to promote specific national development aims in a globalised economy. These national development plans frequently use the tools promoted by donors such as results-based management while sometimes promoting development objectives that are at variance with the international development consensus embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals. In this paper and this panel, we describe our inventory of national development plans, our methods of analysis and the preliminary results of our content analysis of these plans in five languages.

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