Introduction: Globalisation, Competitiveness and Human Security
This is the fourth time that the journal of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) has devoted an entire issue to papers from the Association's General Conference. This has now become a well-established tradition of the European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) which next year celebrates its tenth anniversary; the Association having celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 1995. The first conference papers to be published in the EJDR came from the Sixth EADI General Conference held in Oslo in 1990. A selection of the papers on the first theme of 'Changes in Europe: Implications for Development Studies' were published in Vo1.2, No.2, 1990. Another set of papers on the second conference theme of 'Sustainable Development', whose star performer was Gro Harlem Brundtland, were published in Vol.3, No.1, 1991. The theme of the Seventh General Conference, held in Berlin in 1993, was 'Transformation and Development: Eastern Europe and the South', and this also formed the title of Vo1.6, No.1, 1994.