Magazine article New Internationalist

20 Years Ago

Magazine article New Internationalist

20 Years Ago

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For most of its life New Internationalist carried on its front cover the banner: 'The people, the ideas, the action in the fight for world development.' This is still the last part of our mission statement but the last two words changed around 2000 to 'global justice'. Why bother about two words?

At the outset the magazine was proud to nail its colours to the mast of the world-development project. It accepted that development was a broad church and that people on the other side of the nave had different priorities. But it assumed that the fundamentals - caring for people's basic needs - were shared.

During the 1980s, the concept of development became strained. This was known as development's 'lost decade' not least because, particularly in Africa, the IMF and World Bank imposed cuts in health and education that harmed the poorest. …

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