In areas of professional practice, we usually fi nd that an area of practice has been identifi ed and arrangements put in place for preparing and accrediting personnel for that area of practice. However, this is clearly not the case with the development fi eld. Development is not a clearly defi ned area of practice, nor has it given rise to a profession to work in the fi eld. There certainly exist a plethora of courses that are promoted as covering aspects of international development. Many of these are at the postgraduate level, and they are advertised, to take some recent examples, under titles such as human resources management; management and implementation of development projects; organizational change and development; industry, trade and development; development economics and policy; sustainable environmental management; and social policy and development. Who, then, are social development personnel?