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Common Challenges for All?

26. September 2023 - 9:25
By Jörg Wiegratz, Pritish Behuria, Christina Laskaridis, Lebohang Liepollo Pheko, Ben Radley, and Sara Stevano Traditionally, Development Studies has been centred around a demarcation between the global North (Europe and North America) and the global South (Asia, Africa, and Latin America). In recent years, there has been growing clamour to throw out this North-South framework …
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The complex present and future of urban centres

19. September 2023 - 10:34
By Tazviona Richman Gambe and Betty Adoch / New Rhythms of Development blog series As urbanisation continues to surge, especially in the Global South, it is essential to address the myriad issues that contemporary cities face. The recent EADI/CEsA Lisbon Conference provided a platform to consider urban challenges and possible solutions. We attended three panels, each …
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What Is a “Development” Research Project? Transforming Ideas of Development through Development Research

13. September 2023 - 10:08
By Mette Fog Olwig, Jacob Rasmussen, Lone Riisgaard, Christine Noe, Geetika Khanduja, Peter Taylor, Herbert Hambati, Lisa Ann Richey, Chris Büscher and Paola Minoia Development Studies has long operated with binaries such as “developed/developing” and “traditional/modern” that foster implicit assumptions of Northern superiority. As a result, research projects taking place in so-called “developing countries” tend …
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Why might Green Finance and Sustainable Blended Finance be needed under the Global Plastic Treaty?

6. September 2023 - 11:19
By Daniel F. Akrofi The proposed global plastic treaty currently being negotiated seeks to end plastic pollution by regulating the entire lifecycle of plastics. To end global plastic pollution and decarbonize the global plastic economy, financial flows that fuel the global plastic industry must truly be tailored towards transitioning away from the current models of …
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Reflections on Development in Development Studies

30. August 2023 - 11:47
By Henning Melber There is a history to Developmentalism long before the US-American President Truman’s interpretation in his inaugural address of 1949. He then advocated development as an integral part of Western policy embracing the emerging independent states through aid in support of sovereign governance. An embracement, which often turned out to be more of …
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Water, accumulation, and the space in-between

23. August 2023 - 10:45
By Basile Boulay Droughts, floods, shrinking water tables and growing competition to access what is becoming the new gold bring water governance at the centre of the global discourse. While evidently crucial, the governance question cannot be disentangled from the broader issue of the neoliberal agenda seeking the commodification of life, including water. Can sound …
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Contested development imaginaries: Hindutva and the co-optation of ‘decolonisation’

4. August 2023 - 12:58
By Kalpana Wilson, Giti Chandra and Lata Narayanaswamy We live in a time where deeply embedded, historically entangled perceptions persist of a bifurcated world, made up of a civilised ‘developed’ or ‘rich’ world as set against a largely corrupt, ungovernable ‘developing’ or ‘poor’ world. The perniciousness of these ‘development’ imaginaries came into sharp relief in …
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Global partnerships to prioritise care and the preservation of life

4. August 2023 - 10:36
By Christiane Kliemann Amid the multitude of current interconnected and mutually reinforcing global crises, the closing panel of our recent #NewDevRhythms conference in Lisbon centred around the question what Development Studies could do to understand and respond to the various facets of these crises, while, as a  discipline, facing numerous crises of its own. To …
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Four approaches to shifting mindsets for decolonising knowledge

31. Juli 2023 - 10:39
By Peter Taylor and Crystal Tremblay In the context of knowledge for development, what does it require to deconstruct the dominant narratives and personal privileges embodied in our race, class, gender, etc.? And, in a knowledge landscape littered with potential minefields, how do we go about shifting the mindsets that shape the ways in which ‘we’ …
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Simplifying Living Income

4. Juli 2023 - 11:16
By Ruerd Ruben The idea of a “living income” is increasingly considered as an important strategy to guarantee that smallholder farmers’ revenues are sufficient to meet their and their families’ basic needs, as well as to put aside some savings, thus being more likely to find their way out of poverty. There is growing acceptance …
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Managerialism versus Climate Justice in financing Loss and Damage

27. Juni 2023 - 11:10
By David Rossati Debt and Green Transition blog series Several commentaries on the latest climate negotiations at the UN hailed the creation of a new international climate fund as a historic breakthrough. Unlike other climate funds, this entity will manage a new stream of funding dedicated to ‘loss and damage’ faced by vulnerable countries. Within …
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Blue bonds: Shifting the responsibility innovatively

20. Juni 2023 - 11:04
By Arınç Onat Kılıç Debt and Green Transition blog series When we think of debt, we cannot overlook the role it plays in the blue economy. There is an increasing emphasis on the importance of making financial flows consistent with improving ocean ecosystems, along with the recognition of the role oceans and seas play in …
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Who benefits from mobilising private sector investment for climate transition?

15. Juni 2023 - 10:07
By Giedre Jokubauskaite / Debt and Green Transition blog series The private sector has arguably caught up with an urgency of climate transition. This is visible from various climate initiatives that feature banks, insurers, consultancies, multinational corporations, and many others. The idea of ‘mobilising private investment’ for climate transition has also been an essential part …
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What does green mean in green microfinance?

13. Juni 2023 - 10:12
By Frédéric Huybrechs / Debt and Green Transition blog series An important item on the political agenda of dealing with climate change is the question of how to finance adaptation and mitigation. There are many options on the table, but debt-based instruments are gaining ground. One of them is ‘green microfinance’ or, in other words, …
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Green Finance under the Escazu Agreement

8. Juni 2023 - 10:43
By Héctor Herrera / Debt and Green Transition blog series Over the last few years, two parallel processes have unfolded in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). They are seldom considered together, but must be analyzed as intersecting: the drafting and implementation of the Escazú Agreement on environmental participation, and the expansion of the green …
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