Development studies represent a permanently innovative perspective because they enable us to analyse and understand all the causes that explain the evolutionary processes of the different societies that make up our global world. Analysis is carried out through a multidisciplinary approach, which means focusing not only on traditional economic growth, but also on the distribution of wealth, the eradication of poverty, protection of the environment, governance and human rights, in both their local and global dimensions.

The Issue-Region Development starts from the premise that development is a continuous process of improving the quality of life of men and women and reducing the existing inequalities between people. This is achieved not only by covering basic needs, but also by broadening human skills and freedoms. We aim to contribute to this process by promoting thinking and research, and by opening up spaces for reflection and learning. To this end, we adopt a perspective based on the individual, through which we transversally analyse power relations, sustainability, equality and social justice, democratic participation and human rights, and the culture of peace.

We aim to tackle the main aspects of the international development agenda, in both its fundamental axes, consolidated through the process of international conferences in the late 20th century and transformed into the development objectives of the millennium, and in its instrumental axes, covered and under full revision during the first decade of the 21st century. Particularly important topics in this last aspect are the funding of development and the new architecture of international cooperation.

The Issues-Regions of work are centred on collaboration with public and private institutions in different actions designed to stimulate debate for formulating of public development policies and new cooperation strategies, with the aim that they should contribute more efficiently to development processes. Also continues the process of reflection on the Barcelona Development Agenda, maintaining the discipline of macroeconomic policies, as well as achieving a substantial improvement in same to create a new, more inclusive and fairer global governability in the Latin American context. Particular attention will be devoted to sub-Saharan Africa, in accordance with the international priority that it has been granted by not only the development agenda but also by the most global agenda of international relations. Other subjects to be dealt include emerging themes in the agenda of development and cooperation such as environmental sustainability, the relationship between migrations and development, and the new actors in international cooperation.

NEW - Nov 13, 2012

Latin America and Europe: The Challenges of Globalization, the SMEs as Drivers of Growth

The 2012 edition (Barcelona, 19-20 October) of the Seminar known by its Spanish acronym ADI (Agenda de Desarrollo Iberoamericana) focused, as always, on the debate and analysis of the economic and social perspectives in Latin American countries, but with an added twist: a reflection on what can Latin America and Europe do together, economically and politically, under the current circumstances to the benefit of both.

NEW - Apr 11, 2012

Decentralised Cooperation and Aid Effectiveness– Progress and challenges of sub-state actors in the post-Busan cooperation agenda

The ART Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), CIDOB, the main world networks of local and regional governments (UCLG and ORU-FOGAR) together with a large number of decentralised cooperation (DC) actors met once again in Barcelona on 23 March with representatives of the main multilateral organisations promoting the debate on the effectiveness of development aid at the international level, such as the OECD and UN DESA, to prepare the way for the Third Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) of the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to be held in New York on 5-6 July.

NEW - Mar 30, 2012

“Diálogo sobre políticas de banda ancha en América Latina y Europa”: acierto y continuidad

La jornada titulada “Diálogo sobre Políticas de Banda ancha en América Latina y Europa” se desarrolló el pasado lunes 26 de marzo en la sede de la Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones (CMT) en Barcelona, contando con una nutrida participación de expertos de reconocido prestigio internacional y de representantes institucionales de la Unión Europea y Latinoamérica. El evento fue organizado por la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), a través del proyecto @Lis2, financiado por la Comisión Europea; y por CIDOB, con el apoyo de la CMT.

NEW - Dec 3, 2009

Decentralised cooperation and aid efficiency

On 26 November, CIDOB hosted a workshop on decentralised cooperation and aid efficiency, promoted by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation and the Department of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

NEW - Nov 18, 2009

5th Ibero-American Development Agenda Seminar

A window of opportunity has opened in Latin America for designing and encouraging medium- and long-term policies for promoting innovation and knowledge. It is of priority importance that these policies be directed so as to increase productivity, enabling greater diversification in their concentrated economic structure, as well as making significant improvements in the social and economic conditions of Latin American citizens.

NEW - Nov 10, 2009

CUIMPB autumn course on Africa, a security and development.

CIDOB sponsored the course Insecurity and development: the future of Africa's chronic crisis, which was held on 28-29 October at CCCB. Directed by Albert Roca, Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Lleida, different experts presented their reflections and case studies and engaged in a debate with the audience on certain aspects of African society linked with insecurity and the uncertainty in which the continent lives on an almost permanent basis, and which prevents it from making progress. Likewise, speakers questioned the model of universal development that international and private cooperation agencies are trying to impose.

NEW - Jul 3, 2009

1st Seminar of the African Development Agenda

On 29 June, Castell de Castellet, the headquarters of the Abertis Foundation, was the venue for the first seminar of the African Development Agenda (ADA), titled “Regional Integration in Africa: achievements and prospects”.

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