EADI European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes

Karsten Weitzenegger is member of EADI, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, is the leading European network in the field of development research and training.

EADI is a Europe-wide network of institutes, researchers and students of various disciplines in the field of development studies. It organises activities and offers facilities for the international exchange of knowledge and experience in the professional field. Its most prominent activity is a General Conference devoted to a topical issue every three years. The official languages of EADI are English and French.

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  • New EADI Virtual Dialogue: Towards a Wellbeing Economics. How and why we need to do economics differently, 28 October, 12.00 CET
    on 28 October 2020 at 11:00

    With Dr Nicky Pouw Economics should be more about human wellbeing and human-nature relationships than about growth. To address current global problems of rising inequality, climate change, migration and health pandemics requires a fundamental rethink of how we think about the economy and the ways we practice it. Sustainable and inclusive development can only be achieved if we transform our vision of the economy

  • EADI/ISS Virtual Dialogue: Bias aware practices: moving beyond unconscious bias training, 7 August, 14.00 CET
    on 7 August 2020 at 12:00

    Acknowledging our biases is uncomfortable. But unless we do so, we limit novelty and we risk affecting others and ourselves through discrimination and stereotypes.

  • EADI/ISS Virtual Dialogue: Solidarity Today - Building resilience through a practice of self-care, 31 July, 16.00 CET
    on 31 July 2020 at 14:00

    With Tanja Verena Matheis and Vikram Badhwar: Solidarity is one of the central themes of the EADI ISS general conference, and it has become the binding force of global citizens experiencing an unprecedented pandemic. While many people adjusted well and quickly moved to the use of digital tools and online communication, many of us also face economic, social and personal instabilities in isolation.

  • New EADI Virtual Dialogue: The Rise and Fall of the Aid Effectiveness Norm, 22 July, 16.00 CET
    on 22 July 2020 at 14:00

    In this webinar, Prof. Stephen Brown will discuss his work on the effectiveness of foreign aid and will give an overview over 15 to 20 years of this agenda.

  • EADI/ISS Virtual Dialogue: Transforming Narratives in support of Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice, 16 July, 15.30 CET
    on 15 July 2020 at 22:53

    Oxfam Online Session: As part of the global trend of shifting and shrinking civic space, we have seen governments and other powerful actors deploy stigmatizing and delegitimizing narratives to undermine the legitimacy of CSOs and civic action.   The increase of populist rhetoric which taps into emotions and values of people, and even at times adopts some of the human rights language, is increasingly visible around us. Together these are having a detrimental effect on solidarity, peace and social justice.

  • New on our blog: Disaster response: why democracy matters
    on 14 July 2020 at 10:38

    By Isabelle Desportes It is inherent to times of crises, and we can witness it in the way the COVID-19 pandemic is being handled too: strong leadership emerges, many decisions and emergency legislative mechanisms are enforced, and some key issues move to the background. While such centralistic measures are often necessary, they also bear the risk of infringing on an effective and socially just handling of crises, and shape our societies on the long term.

  • Towards Transformative Climate Justice: Key Challenges and Future Directions for Research
    on 10 July 2020 at 09:22

    2020/07 – Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton; IDS Working Paper; Author(s): Newell, Peter; Srivastava, Shilpi; Naess, Lars Otto; Torres Contreras, Gerado A.; Price, Roz Climate justice is understood in a multitude of ways and reflects the fact that the causes and effects of climate change, as well as efforts to tackle it, raise ethical, equity and rights issues. The language of climate justice is increasingly omnipresent in the discourse of academia, civil society, social movements, some governments, cities and even some businesses. But the mechanisms for delivering it are weak and under-developed. This paper shows that definitions of what is covered by climate justice, at what scales, how it can be measured, and which are the best means to deliver it are all heavily contested.

  • Henning Melber elected as EADI President for further three years and calls for "Overcoming Developmentalism"
    on 9 July 2020 at 07:37

    We are happy to announce that the EADI General Assembly held last week has elected Henning Melber as EADI President for further three years. In his acceptance speech, Melber stressed that EADI and the wider Development Studies community must overcome what can be called "Developmentalism" and engage with visions and concepts "outside of the Procrustean bed of development with its underlying assumptions of a single perspective confined to the status quo". A slighlty amended version of his full speech is available on our blog.

  • New on our blog: Inheriting Extreme Poverty
    on 3 July 2020 at 08:43

    By Owasim Akram After working for more than ten years as a development practitioner in Bangladesh with a tremendous opportunity to observe the lives of the extreme poor while living very closely to them, one simple question kept chasing me all the time: why do millions of them remain still poor despite huge progress in the economy, policy changes and many development interventions both from the Government and other development partners?

  • EADI General Assembly on 30 June 2020
    on 30 June 2020 at 11:00

    EADI cordially invites its members to the online General Assembly on 30 June 2020, from 13:00 to 15:00 CET. Please register via this registration form

  • Next EADI General Conference announced: "Solidarity, Peace, and Social Justice", 29 June - 2 July 2020
    on 29 June 2020 at 08:01

    EADI and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) announce the 16th EADI General Conference, which will be held in The Hague (Netherlands) from Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July 2020. The conference will be hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), one of Europe’s oldest and largest centres for research and education in the field of for development studies. The conference will be combined with the Development Dialogue, the annual European conference of PhD candidates working in development studies. To the conference webpage

  • EADI/ISS Webinar: Rethinking civil society in promoting solidarity and social change in constrained settings, 29 June, 10.00 CET
    on 29 June 2020 at 08:00

    Webinar on EADI-ISS – Conference harvest panel 122, Time: 10:00-11:30 Coordinators: Kees Biekart, Tiina Kontinen, Marianne Millstein A vibrant civil society enhances solidarity, social justice, and peace. However, opportunities to act for social change within civil societies are limited in many ways. Solidarity networks function in a way that might counter the conventional conceptualizations of civil society in Western scholarship.

  • EADI Takes A Knee: Statement of Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter
    on 23 June 2020 at 10:36

    As the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes have repeatedly stated, development is not neutral. The time has now come for us to once again take a stand by taking a knee. We condemn all forms of racism and discrimination. Human dignity and equality mean that #BlackLivesMatter. To the full statement

  • EADI/ISS Work in Progress Webinar: China, the EU, and Western aid norms. A case study on Ethiopia, 22 June, 14.00 CET
    on 22 June 2020 at 12:00

    The EU’s development policy is being strategically adjusting to respond to the shifting challenges of the international order. In doing so it is argued that this is undermining the EU’s core normative commitment to development. This seminar approaches the topic by exploring the extent to which the shift to ‘partnership’ in EU development rhetoric is a break with the past?

  • New EADI Webinar: Land conflict in Myanmar, 22 June, 12.00 CET
    on 22 June 2020 at 10:00

    With Lara Lundsgaard-Hansen and Dr Stefan Bächtold: Myanmar faces enormous development challenges in the midst of a rapidly changing and uncertain political and economic landscape. The European Journal of Development Research is pleased to present a special issue on development challenges in Myanmar. In this webinar, we draw on the findings of two papers within the special issue, examining land conflict in Myanmar.