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  • Kristen E Cheney
    ... Kristen Cheney Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology University of California at Santa Cruz 408 Social Sciences I 1156 High Street Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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        Monday 7, July  

      Development in Practice

      SPECIAL ISSUE ON DEVELOPMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR CALL FOR PAPERS

      Development in Practice offers practice-based analysis and research concerning the social dimensions of development and humanitarianism, and provides a forum for debate and the exchange of ideas among practitioners, policy makers, academics, and activists worldwide. By challenging current assumptions, the journal seeks to stimulate new thinking and to shape future ways of working. Contributors represent a wide range of cultural and professional backgrounds and experience.

      Editor in Chief: Deborah Eade, Oxfam GB
      Guest Editor: John Sayer

      Background
      Corporations are having an increasing impact on the lives of people in developing countries. The power and influence of corporations is growing relative to that of governments as economic systems become globalised.

      As well as determining the shape of the international economy, corporations are becoming increasingly involved in the provision of services vital to the livelihoods of poor people. Previously considered the responsibility of governments, services such as health care, education, water, and sanitation are being privatised, or operated through public-private partnerships. Civil society organisations, including NGOs, are also reliant on the private sector for a substantial proportion of their income.

      As corporate power grows, pressure on companies to demonstrate more social and environmental responsibility and accountability has grown, whether from shareholders, consumers, or anti-capitalist demonstrators. These changing conditions have brought about an array of initiatives involving corporate citizenship, responsibility, and accountability; many with implications for development. Debates continue as to whether these should remain voluntary, or form part of tighter international regulation of business.

      Corporations can clearly contribute to growth in developing countries. At the same time, their practices can have an impact on people s livelihoods in terms of local prices, access to productive assets, local businesses and jobs, the environment, and human rights.

      This issue of Development in Practice seeks to examine a range of issues concerned with the impact of the private sector on development, whether this be their core business practices, their corporate responsibility endeavours, or their philanthropic and community programmes. Articles will explore what can be done to confront the negative impact of corporate activity, and what positive roles companies can play to contribute to equitable development.

      This special issue will appear in June 2005 and it is planned to publish it in the Development in Practice Readers series later that year.

      SUBMISSION PROCEDURES
      ABSTRACTS by: 10 September 2003
      SELECTED MANUSCRIPTS by: 28 February 2004
      FINAL REVISIONS by: 31 July 2004

      JOURNAL ISSUE: June 2005
      BOOK VERSION: November 2005

      Authors should initially submit an abstract (100-300 words) of their proposed submission, stating whether this is intended to be a full-length article (6500 words) or a shorter piece (1500-3000 words). The abstract should include (a) the title of the paper, (b) the names, affiliations, and full contact details of the author(s), and (c) a summary of the paper s content. Abstracts should preferably be sent as an email attachment to editor@developmentinpra ctice.org with Development and the Private Sector in the subject line of the message.

      Abstracts and selected manuscripts are accepted in any of our four working languages (English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish). Submission of an abstract is taken to indicate that it describes original, unpublished work, and that the author is committed to publishing it in Development in Practice should s/he be invited to submit a manuscript. Development in Practice is a peer-reviewed journal, so authors should be advised that such an invitation is not a guarantee of acceptance. Final revised manuscripts must follow the presentational requirements outlined in our Notes for Contributors. These are available in four languages and can be downloaded from www.developmentinpractice. org. Alternatively, a print copy can be requested from enquiry@developmentinp ractice.org or from The Editor, Development in Practice, c/o Oxfam GB, 274 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7DZ, United Kingdom.

      For subscription and other details, visit www.developmentinpractice. org
       


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      Kristen Cheney
      Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology
      University of California at Santa Cruz
      408 Social Sciences I
      1156 High Street
      Santa Cruz, CA 95064

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