HP091 - Volunteering, solidarity and development
Convened by Matt Baillie Smith (Centre for International Development, Northumbria University, UK) and Chris Millora (University of East Anglia, UK)
This panel explores the relationship between volunteering, solidarity and development. Volunteering and development debates have been dominated by a focus on international volunteers from the global North, marginalising diverse forms of volunteering within and between global South settings and their multiple and contested relationships to development. This panel moves beyond a focus on how volunteering promotes development to explore what kind of development volunteering facilitates and for whom. To reflect more diverse volunteering experiences, the panel will explore volunteering’s relationship to efforts to build trust across different scales, struggles for peace and social justice, and responses to the climate emergency.