COVID-19 accentuates the case for a global, rather than an international, development paradigm. The novel disease is a prime example of a development challenge for all countries, through the failure of public health as a global public good. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the falsity of any assumption that the global North has all the expertise and solutions to tackle global challenges, and has further highlighted the need for multi-directional learning and transformation in all countries towards a more sustainable and equitable world. We illustrate our argument for a global development paradigm by examining the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic across four themes or 'vignettes': global value chains, digitalisation, debt, and climate change. We conclude that development studies must adapt to a very different context from when the field emerged in the mid-20th century.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105044
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Development
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Climate Change
  • Debt
  • Development Studies
  • Digitalisation
  • Global Development
  • Global Value Chains
  • International Development
  • Pandemic

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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