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International Development Ethics Association (IDEA)

The International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) is a cross-cultural group of philosophers, social scientists, and practitioners who apply ethical reflection to global development goals and strategies and to North/South relations. The aim of IDEA is threefold:

  • To apply ethical reflection to development goals and strategies and to relations between the "North" and "South". Numerous groups are concerned with international development. Only IDEA, however, explicitly formulates and applies ethical principles to the theory and practice of global, national, and local development.

  • To effect ethically sound development policies, institutions, and practices. In the light of reasonable ethical principles, IDEA is committed to bringing about improvements in development and environmental policies, institutions and projects.

  • To promote solidarity, mutual support, and interchange among those development theorists and practitioners throughout the world who are seeking to implement ethically better development paradigms and strategies.

All memberships include a print subscription to the Journal of Global Ethics, published by Routledge.

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NOTE: the term of membership is a calendar year. All memberships expire December 31.

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