On February 26 and 27, two events were held in Edinburgh to discuss resource extraction and fair trade in Africa. Having had the chance to reflect on them both, both excellent stimulating events, I wanted to share some preliminary thoughts — and to also draw your attention to an upcoming event – the CAS Annual Conference – this year on ‘Mining and Political Transformations in Africa’ (coming up soon – April 24-25, 2014)!
The first event in February was a panel discussion event at the University of Edinburgh, with a group of panellists including
Read more here: Debates on Resource Extraction and Fair Trade in Africa: Conceptualising the “Global” Dimensions
We are pleased to launch the new blog for the Global Development Academy (GDA) at the University of Edinburgh!
What do we do ‘after development’? What does it mean to address global challenges of unequal access to health and energy, food, clean water and sanitation today in the wake of 20th century development policies, plans and programmes? What happens when planned programmes of targeted social and economic change end, and how can we examine the diverse impacts of ‘development’ without romanticising local communities and cultural traditions? What happens when private sector actors – from large-scale multinational corporations to start-up social enterprises – become agents of development alongside governments and NGOs? What comes after ‘development’ as a cultural and political project? What does it mean to address global challenges of poverty after the idea of ‘development’ has been challenged and contested as a tool of power and control? How can we address global challenges of poverty, health, energy without being prescriptive? And, how can we celebrate the transformative potential of science and technology – from antibiotics and anti-retrovirals to mobile telephones and solar photovoltaic lanterns – whilst asking critical questions about the ways in which global public health is delivered or about how markets are made to work?
This blog – launched and hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s Global
Development Academy – is committed to practical actions, engaged research and informed critiques that address these questions in moments of crisis and the everyday.
Stay tuned for interesting and thought-provoking posts from academics, students and practitioners working to make practical and intellectual contributions to international development in the 21st century.