The Springfield Centre, August 2013

This conference paper, delivered at the DSA conference in November 2013, re-examines the use of the term ‘sustainability’ in development and the consequences of its frequent misinterpretation. It argues for a reconsideration of sustainability to foreground the long-term impacts of development interventions on poor people at the expense of looser notions of on-going intervention or global environmental goods. The final paper will be published in the Journal of International Development later in 2014.

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