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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?

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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

The Crisis of Development and Development Studies and Possibilities for Transformation

ebeka Richard Plaatjie - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
Development requires human persons to exist. On this basis it is reasonable to suggest that human life or the preservation thereof, is the foremost condition for development to declare and to recognize itself. Basic physiological needs for the survival of human beings such as food, water, clothing, and health care as suggested by Maslow must therefore be met.

DFID 2.0…? Some Wild-ish Speculation on UK Development Cooperation, 2025-2030

Andy Sumner - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
The UK will have a general election by January 2025, most likely in autumn 2024, perhaps close to the US presidential election. The polls suggest a potential wipe-out for the ruling Conservative party, who have been in government since 2010.

Reflections on Decolonising Knowledge for Development: An invitation to a conversation

Peter Taylor - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
In fact, EADI occupies a special position as it brings together a diverse array of organisations, people, histories and perspectives. Its members bring a wealth of different influences and experiences of coloniality, located within the context of Europe which, itself, continues to evolve and change.