How Post-development matters in practice: Re-politicizing development cooperation

University of Kassel, Germany
Start date

Thursday, 15 Nov 2018, 13:00

End date

Thursday, 15 Nov 2018, 14:00

International Institute of Social Studies

Julia Schöneberg, Department of Development and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kassel, Germany


In this talk Julia explore spaces for alternatives to development, as called for by post-development proponents. She looks at possible shifts in North-South relationships from apolitical development projects towards interactions as a form of "development-as-politics", in which local social movements and international NGOs jointly engage in resistance struggles. In exploring engagements of Kolektif Jistis Min (KJM), a collective of Haitian civil society actors struggling for voice in civil and political spaces and demanding government accountability, she discuss openings for supporting local resistances, analyse problems and limitations arising from external agents’ engagement in local political struggles and propose possibilities for overcoming binaries through diversified alliance building.