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We cordially invite you to join this blog which we have set up as a discussion platform for the international development research community. The world is facing dramatic changes and challenges and so is science. What is the role of development research in these times and what are the most pressing issues it needs to address? What are the different existing positions on these issues, where are open questions and what requires further elaboration? What makes sense in relation to the larger picture and where do scientists need to take a stand?

This blog invites you to share your opinion, thoughts and insights on everything that might be of interest to the broader community – and of course also on articles that appear on our blog. If you disagree with something you read here, feel free to let us know and tell us why. We explicitly encourage discussion, and hope that a diversity of positions will enrich everyone’s perspective.

To showcase the wide range of approaches and research areas our members represent, we feature research projects or studies from our member institutes and organisations, as well as outstanding blog articles from their websites. Sometimes we also publish thought-provoking pieces from other sources when we feel that the covered topics are of broader interest and could trigger fruitful discussions.

Below you find the most recent blogposts, linking you directly to the EADI Debating Development Research Blog where you can also subscribe to get notified whenever a new post is published. This happens around two to five times a month. Enjoy the read!

Recent Blogposts

Rethinking Indigeneity

María Fernanda Córdova Suxo - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
The Indigenous subject has been positioned as a key player in alternatives to development. These alternatives refer to Indigenous People’s struggles and knowledge as distinct ways of facing current crises – including environmental, food, and capitalist crises. This positioning can be interpreted as a result of different indigenous movements working together across borders, in search of self-determination and the fulfillment of their human rights.

EADI @ 50 Years: Celebrating Why Researching and Studying Development Matters

Laura Camfield, Andy Sumner - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
EADI will celebrate its 50th anniversary from April 2024 to September 2025. It was founded in 1975 in Linz, Austria, after a meeting of researchers the year before in Ghent, Belgium. Those researchers wanted to ‘promote a concerted approach to the gaps and shortcomings in research on development problems.‘

Medical Drones in Africa: A Gamechanger for the Continent’s ‘Ailing’ Health Sector?

Edwin Ambani Ameso, Gift Mwonzora - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)