To dive into the ‘currents’ of development- that is, to explore the contemporary streams within international development- one must first understand the field’s active nature. We live in a pressing time where many development issues are arising in our ever-changing environment where development is affected by conflicts, climate change and shifting social boundaries. We have seen how prominent development issues like environmental crises, political strife, and sociocultural issues not only persist but also undergo recurrence and/or resurgence. Why are these issues continuing to recur? It is key to understand what development responses are currently happening on the ground that are working and which are failing.