Development Outreach was a magazine in the field of global knowledge for development. Managed by the World Bank Institute, it was published two or three times a year from 2009 to 2011 and reflected the learning programs of the World Bank. The magazine was designed to occupy the middle ground between scholarly journal and general interest magazine, and it presented a range of viewpoints from renowned authors and specialists worldwide. Articles on complex topics were written to be accessible to the general reader. Articles were reviewed by an international editorial board culled from the private sector, development community at large, and academia.
Published two to three times per year 2008-2011
Editors: Mary McNeil, José-Manuel Bassat, John P. Didier, Junko Saito, Sina Odugbem
Publication( 2011-09) World BankAn Interview with Steven Livingston, Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs. His research and teaching focus on media, information technology, national security and global politics. Dr. Livingston’s most recent publications include, When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (2007), co-authored with W. Lance Bennett and Regina Lawrence) and Africa’s Evolving Infosystems: A Pathway to Security and Stability (2010), assessing the effects of the rapid growth of ICT on governance in Africa.
Publication( 2011-09) Dowsing, Kavita Abraham ; Deane, JamesThe concept of open development presupposes a greatly increased supply of information available to citizens on the issues, products, and services that shape their lives. It means that governments should make information on budgets accessible and intelligible, local authorities should provide access to information about the provision of services that citizens can expect, and donors should be transparent about what they are spending, specifying for what and why, and doing so in forms that beneficiaries can use.
Publication( 2011-09) Pradhan, Sanjay ; Odugbemi, SinaIs the idea of open development another vague, endlessly elastic term capturing what is merely a passing mood, a fad? The goal of this issue of Development Outreach is to strike a resounding No. We will define open development in a clear and robust manner; and we will show that, rather than being a passing fancy, the idea of open development actually captures an emerging paradigm shift in how development is being done. We are also going to show that this new paradigm will endure. Before we define what open development is, however, we need to understand what the vanishing development paradigm has been.
Publication( 2011-09) Dokeniya, AnupamaGlobally, increasingly vigilant and vocal civil society groups—important actors in the new multilateralism—are demanding that companies publish what they pay in revenues, aid agencies publish what they fund, and governments publish what they spend. These initiatives reflect a renewed and heightened focus on openness, transparency, and citizen participation in the discourse and practice of governance. This idea of open government stresses information sharing and participation, rather than discretion and secrecy, as foundations of good and effective governance.
Publication( 2011-09) World Bank12 Country Comparisons on Research, Technology and More
Publication( 2011-09) Gregorio-Medel, AnggeInformation is power—this is not new—but information in the hands of activist citizen groups can determine the course of national development. Information technology, the open source system in particular, has begun to revolutionize the people-centered development movement, contributing to a phenomenon called open development. The open source system enables citizens to access resources that used to be held only by experts in the form of knowledge and influence.
Publication( 2011-09) Zoellick, RobertA Timeline of Development Economics at the World Bank, adapted from "Democratizing Development Economics," a speech by World Bank President Robert Zoellick at Georgetown University, September 29, 2010.
Publication( 2011-09) Rajani, RakeshExperts have been in charge of the formal business of development for 50-odd years. But despite good intentions, they cannot boast an impressive track record, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sure, there has been progress on several fronts. But too many people still live in abject poverty, lack decent basic services, and suffer daily indignities at the hands of the very authorities meant to serve them.
Publication( 2011-09) Sigal, IvanIndividual citizens can effect social change through mediated action. There has been a paradigmatic shift in how social networks coalesce online for collective action. The Internet, and especially the creation of open and accessible social media networks, has facilitated and significantly accelerated the generation and mass awareness of social categories, such as people with grievances about government corruption. It has also provided the means to create and share an abundance of content—images, videos, and stories— that feed the narratives around which networks for action coalesce.
Publication( 2011-09) Datta, Ajoy ; Young, JohnMainstream international development discourse has long heralded the importance of home grown solutions and national ownership of development policies. Ownership has been seen as the missing link between the significant development aid inflows from the North and poverty reduction outcomes in the South. You only have to look to international agreements such the 2002 Monterrey Consensus or the2005 Paris Declaration for evidence of this.