“Governance” Working Group


New EADI programme: Develop your talents!

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02 Oct 2017

The EADI Mentoring Programme “Develop Your Talents” provides young scholars with the chance to exchange with someone further advanced in their career. The mentoring does not offer professional coaching to the mentees, but accompaniment on a younger sister/elder sister level. As some of our mentors are also active in the Working Groups, opportunities for further collaboration may arise.

Webinar: EADI Working Group on “Post-colonial Perspectives on and within Development Studies”.

Read more: Webinar: EADI Working Group on “Post-colonial Perspectives on and within Development Studies”.
02 Oct 2017

On 20 October 2017 at 1400 hrs Central European Time (GMT +2 hrs) the EADI Working group will organise a webinar with the following topics:.

1. Dr. Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha, Ph.D Topic: Did Postcolonial Studies fail to emancipate the consciousness of the colonized self? How can one explain the chasm between Postcolonial theory and practice?  2. Dr. Epifania Amoo-Adare Topic: (Un)thinking Science: Critical Literacies for 'Postnormal' Times Dr. Amoo-Adare is Associated Researcher at Center for Development Research (ZEF).

About the Working Group

Despite its rise in prominence over the past decade, the concept of governance remains rather nebulous, with both narrow or broad interpretations. A narrower definition (e.g., that of the World Bank) focuses on public administration management and institutional development, with measures concentrating on capacity building of executive institutions. A broad concept places greater emphasis on normative dimensions, that is the openness, accountability and transparency of government institutions, with a clear resonance with democratic principles and practices. Additionally, a broader approach entails not only encouraging reform within executive institutions, but also strengthening external mechanisms of executive accountability, including outside of state-related institutions, that is the arena of civil society.

The Working Group does not want to be restrictive in its interpretation of governance and it is this broad concept of governance that constitutes the subject area of the group, with attention given to both theoretical and policy issues. The Group also encourages a comparative dimension, investigating governance reforms in different regions of the world, focusing on both developing and transition countries.


Gordon Crawford
Research Professor in Global Development
Coventry University

Liisa Laakso
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki

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