New on our blog: Decolonising the university: between hope and necessity

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24 Nov 2021

By Gaya Raddadi

Calls for decolonisation are appearing all over the globe, in different forms. But what does ‘decolonisation’ mean? Each definition is rooted in the specificity of the contexts it is applied to, and in the aims it wishes to achieve. In my research on decolonising universities I propose  to consider it as the recognition of the historicity of processes of knowledge creation and reproduction.

New briefing paper: EADI’s International Accreditation Council for Development Studies (IAC) celebrates its 10th anniversary: Looking back and moving forward

Read more: New briefing paper: EADI’s International Accreditation Council for Development Studies (IAC) celebrates its 10th anniversary: Looking back and moving forward
05 Nov 2021

In this briefing paper Dr Joost Mönks, secretary of the IAC, summarises the purpose, history and objectives of the IAC and gives an overview of criteria and steps of the accreditation process. To establish criteria tailored to academic Development Studies programmes, a common understanding of the field of Development Studies was needed. Read the paper

New on our blog: Sustainable Futures – Yes, but How? A critical book review

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11 Apr 2021

By Basile Boulay

Can we set ourselves an agenda for a sustainable future without questioning the fundamental nature of capitalism? Researchers from the university of Leeds working on Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) recently published an article asking for the ‘Permission to Say “Capitalism’ in environmental research, correctly stressing that the structural features of capitalism have a direct impact on climatic issues. Other scholarly work, such as Raphael Kaplinsky’s new book Sustainable Futures – An Agenda for Action, prefers to avoid this frontal question by focusing on the nature of technological change and how some of its effects can mitigate the disastrous economic and environmental consequences of the global economic system, and eventually lead the way towards a sustainable world for all.

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EADI Virtual Dialogue: Citizens Committees and Local Elites in Burundi, 19 January 2021, 11.00 CET

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19 Jan 2022

With Jean-Benoît Falisse: Mainstream development policies often promote citizens committees to oversee basic social services. Such committees require influence over, and legitimacy among, service providers and citizens to perform their roles, which local elites can help or hinder. Using a mixed-methods approach, this  talk analyses the situation in 251 health facility committees in Burundi, part of which benefited from interventions designed to bolster their relationship with local leaders. Register here

Applications open: Online-Workshop for academic coordinators of Development Studies Programmes, 2 - 3 December 2021

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02 Dec 2021

This years' workshop is entitled "Development studies and climate change: ways forward for curriculum building".

Applications are now closed

As the effects of climate change become more and more visible, so does the necessity to incorporate teaching on this matter in development studies curricula. So far, while the effects of climate change are often discussed in international development courses, the approach remains topical and usually embedded within the traditional teaching frames. This workshop will discuss how programmes in development studies could include a stronger component relating to climate change so that it becomes as legitimate a building block as other components. Challenges related to inter- or trans-disciplinarity will also be discussed, given that a change in study programmes implies greater familiarity with disciplines outside the traditional frame of ‘social sciences’ (such natural sciences, or sustainability studies). As usual, the workshop will consist of a...

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