EADI Prize 2005 – Alexander Betts

The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) has created a prize for excellence in development research. The prize, worth €1 000, was awarded to a young researcher for an essay on an issue of development studies and the prizewinner was invited to the Association’s General Conference in Bonn from 21 - 24 September 2005.

"The first EADI Prize for Development Studies is part of that mission to encourage creative, interdisciplinary, multifaceted research on development issues. It was created with two objectives in mind: to reward and bring recognition to “excellence in development research” from the upcoming generation of development specialists; and to reinforce the activities of the EADI Working Groups who are intimately involved in reviewing entries.

This first year of the prize has seen a remarkable amount of interest, with over 50 entries from throughout Europe on a very wide range of topics. All the entries were of high quality and the job of whittling them down to a manageable number for the jury was not easy. The job, however, was done, and we have a clear winner.

Alexander Betts’s paper on post-genocide justice in Rwanda analyses the interface between reconciliation and retribution from a triple perspective: anthropological, legal and social. His paper is scholarly and innovative, yet concise and eminently readable. His argument is finely structured and logical; it has a beginning, a middle and an end, which is a conclusion of not only scholarly relevance, but of policy relevance, too. The judges came independently to unanimous agreement on Alexander’s being the winner."

Should Approaches to Post-conflict Justice and Reconciliation be Determined Globally, Nationally or Locally? by Alexander Betts, Queen Elisabeth House, University of Oxford, 2005

The paper was published in the European Journal of Development Research, Vol 17-4. For the abstract, see here.