Development research in countries in transition: Introduction

January 11, 2011
IDRC Communications

Development research is risky work — and never riskier than in conditions of political, economic, and social transition. But transitions in developing countries can open radically new opportunities for research that informs political change and relieves poverty, while advancing development that is both equitable and sustainable.

In fact, development itself is commonly defined by these dangerous, promising transitions from dictatorships toward democracy, from failing economies to well-governed markets, from war to peace.

For all their risks and sudden reversals, transitions can generate real possibilities for productive development research.​

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