Partnerships for the Goals

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| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar, Tony Wall

Reimagining Development Institutions for the SDG Era: Pathways to Impact

  • Robyn EversoleEmail author
  • Nicolás Gambetta
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Development institutions – The structures and processes through which initiatives to achieve positive change are designed, implemented, and negotiated. Development institutions guide the nature and practices of development organizations.

Impact pathways – The processes through which an impact or significant positive outcome is achieved. Impact pathways may be conceptualized according to one or more theories of change, in which actions create outputs, outcomes, and ultimately impacts.

Introduction: Old Institutions, New Challenges

Development studies is finally overcoming the constraints of its postcolonial framing. Its vertical division of the world into categories of “developed” or “underdeveloped,” North or South, is shifting to explore the potential for horizontal relationships for change (IDS 2017). In practice the playing field for development action has widened, and the definition of “development” has deepened. With the Sustainable Development Goals (UN 2015), social...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swinburne UniversityHawthornAustralia
  2. 2.Universidad ORT UruguayMontevideoUruguay

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marco Tortora
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Economics and Management SciencesUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.PIN Prato. University of FlorenceLaboratorio Ambiente, Impresa, SocietàPratoItaly