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The main focus of this issue of Forum for Development Studies (FDS 1-07 June) is on ethics and development. The first article takes on the ambitious task of analysing the relationships between four international “human” discourses, namely those of human rights, human needs, human development and human security. Under which conditions and by which modalities may the various ethical discourses influence development policies, the author asks. An ethical discourse that remains disembodied, free-floating and not built and embedded into legal frameworks and planning methodologies, may not have much effect in development policy, less than does religious discourse, it is argued.
Other articles cover broad fields, from social movements and the new regimes in Latin America, a continent in political transition, to woodfuel discourses and the reframing of wood energy in the new millennium. In the Debates column, development research as advocacy is discussed, with a focus on the role of Christian organisations within the Norwegian (and international) development and aid system.[20.06.07]