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Terra Nullius: What is going on in the rural world?

11. September 2019 - 14:16
By Mariel Aguilar-Støen  How can we understand the complexity of the contemporary rural world, and its entanglements with the urban? This is the first blog post of the  Rural transformations in the new century research group at the Centre for Development and the Environmen (SUM), University of Oslo In the 1990s, scholars had declared the …
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Why do we need Solidarity in Development Studies

28. August 2019 - 9:08
By Kees Biekart The next EADI Development Studies conference is about “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. But what does solidarity actually mean in relation to development studies? Let’s assume development essentially comes down to a process of social change. Or better, a wide range of connected processes of social change. We can think of female …
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Small Organisations: A Challenge for Monitoring and Evaluation

6. August 2019 - 10:18
By Diego da Silva Rodrigues To monitor and evaluate public and social policies is a key element of the development agenda. More and more, governments and international organisations tend to make their choices based on evidence, in order to identify the best and most cost-efficient options among a massive amount of programmes which are all …
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5 Things that will Frustrate the Heck out of you when studying International Development

17. Juli 2019 - 9:06
By Stella Yoh International Development is our passion – that’s why we’re all here. It’s what keeps us going through these late nights and grey London days. But let’s face it, it’s not always a fun ride. As fulfilling as it is, studying International Development can be a real struggle, and if you haven’t had an existential crisis by now, …
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Why a decolonial lens must be at the heart of all those who claim to research and teach “development”

4. Juli 2019 - 10:19
By Julia Schöneberg   My research focusses on decolonial approaches to knowledge production and pedagogy, especially in the context of “development”. Development is a contested term that has been filled with different, sometime contradictory meanings. I am convinced that one cannot meaningfully speak about “development” without seriously considering critique and arguments brought forward by decolonial scholarship. …
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Faith as Inspiration for Politics and Development

13. Juni 2019 - 9:43
By Henning Melber  Designs and practices of developmental cooperation continue to maintain an almost exclusive focus on aspects of physical and economic well-being. While these are important necessary dimensions, such reduced perspective neglects the important spiritual source of individual mindsets in human beings. After all, resilience as one of the most important motivating sources of …
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Solidarity, Peace, and Social Justice – will these values prevail in times of fundamental threats to democracy?

5. Juni 2019 - 9:35
By Jürgen Wiemann Widening gaps Solidarity, Peace and social Justice – the title for the 2020 EADI/ISS General Conference – are foundations and goals for a good society, a functioning democracy and for a global system that guarantees peace and facilitates international cooperation. Yet, our world seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Peace …
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Moving out of identity silos and into intersectionality: the example of gender identity

29. Mai 2019 - 10:17
By Smriti Sharma Women are undoubtedly doing better today than they were even 40-50 years ago. The gender gap has shrunk in many areas, including educational attainment, health, and employment and wages. Despite these advances, we cannot become complacent as there is still much work to be done. Thankfully, gender is a continuing focus in …
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