In the last five years, national development planning has firmly come back into vogue. Over 100 countries in the global south, including many of the largest and fastest growing, have a national development plan or similar document.

Little systematic mapping of regional patterns in national development planning has been done and there is limited understanding of the processes shaping the new national planning at the national or global level. To address this, we are establishing a multi-disciplinary network of scholars, practitioners and policy makers to will analyse and better understand this re-emergence of national development planning in the global south.