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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 Economics for an Uncertain World: Challenges for Development

ian Scoones - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
Uncertainties are everywhere, whether emerging through climate change, financial volatility, conflict or war. All too often we don’t know what the future will hold. This presents a big challenge for conventional styles of economic development where predictive models, blueprint plans and standardised policies hold sway. What would an economics for development look like if uncertainties – where we don’t know the likelihood of future outcomes – are taken seriously?
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You don’t like the SDGs? Look what else is on offer

Lauchlan T. Munro - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
My friends on the left generally don’t like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I am told the SDGs are neoliberal, incoherent, (neo-)colonial; the SDGs omit too many important issues: democracy, climate justice, human rights, intersectionality, power. While I agree that the SDGs are imperfect, I must ask, however, what other policy options are on the table? My sad answer is that the available alternatives to the SDGs are much worse, unless you like patriarchy, environmental destruction and national security states.
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Interpreting Modernity: Exploring El Alto, Bolivia’s Perspective

Guido Alejo, Maria Fernanda Córdova Suxo - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)