SP058 - Challenging and challenges of development, solidarity and social justice
Convened by June Fylkesnes, Hanne Haaland and Hege Wallevik (all from University of Agder, Norway)

The dynamics of international development have been and are marked by various actors fighting to control and define “development” and dominate strategic thinking and financial flows. Yet, international development practices are heterogenous with a diversity of actors presenting “alternatives” and resistances to mainstream discourses. Do alternative development actors challenge discourses and practices of solidarity and social justice? Citizen initiatives within humanitarian aid and development are challenging established NGO systems, and religious actors are being recognised as important development partners. The panel will provide a space for discussions about challenging and challenges of development, solidarity and social justice.