Historical origins of the concept of international development since the second World War. Theories of development, and the developments leading to the current concept of international development. Social and economic development and political transformation. The role of the state in development. International developmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. UN agencies working in the field of development and the goal of sustainable development 2015-2030. Links between international development and the initiatives of the great powers, and their effects on developing countries, particularly with regard to international debt.