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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  • Solidarity, Peace, and Social Justice - EADI/ISS Conference, online, 5-8 July 2021
    on 5 June 2021 at 09:59

    The central theme of the conference is “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. Together, these three concepts represent our aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.

  • Dialogue Virtuel EADI: Entre terrain de jeux géostratégiques et aspiration à maitriser son développement: quel futur pour l’Amérique centrale?, Le 18 Mai à 11h (CET)
    on 18 May 2021 at 09:00

    Avec Hélène Roux: Fondée sur l’étude de divers conflits socio-environnementaux (barrages hydroélectriques ; complexes touristiques ; extraction minière ou programmes de conservation), la présentation porte sur le décalage entre les orientations liées au développement provenant « du haut » (les institutions supranationales, les États nationaux) et les aspirations provenant « du bas » (les populations concernées).

  • Distinghuished Guest Lecture: Colonialization, Neo-Liberalization and Patriarchy: Palestinian Women’s Search for an Alternative Approach to Economic and Social Empowerment, 21 April, 11.00 CET
    on 21 April 2021 at 09:44

    With Eileen Kuttab This lecture will briefly describe the Israeli colonial project of dispossession and de-development on occupied Palestine, followed by a discussion on the emerging Palestinian Authority (PA) and its impact on the economy through a gender lens. Development choices have been governed by different objectives, namely stabilization of the peace process, control of the Israeli economy over the territories and the mainstreaming of neoliberal economics, resulting in multi-faceted socio-economic deteriorations.

  • New on our blog: Why Positionalities Matter and What They Have to do with Knowledge Production
    on 20 April 2021 at 07:44

    by Julia Schöneberg, Arda Bilgen, and Aftab Nasir Coming from three different educational, geographical, and class backgrounds, the three of us met for the first time in a research institute in Germany. Together with a group of international colleagues, we were eager to be trained in Development Studies and pursue a PhD degree. In reminiscing about this journey many years later, we shared the struggles and challenges we experienced during our so-called ‘fieldwork’ stays in very different geographies and realised that there was a blatant gap not only in the way we approached our research, but also in the way we were trained: a lack of confrontation with the centrality of power and positionality in ‘development’ research (or any kind of research for that matter) – and a disregard of the colonial legacy in the way knowledge is created and considered legitimate.

  • A New Multilateralism for the Post-COVID World: What Role for the EU-Africa Partnership? (ETTG Paper)
    on 16 April 2021 at 06:34

    2021/04 – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); German Development Institute, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); research paper; Author(s): Chloe Teevan et al A new multilateralism for the post-COVID world: What role for the EU-Africa partnership? Multilateralism has been in trouble for a while, particularly​ ​at the global level. Yet, the European Union (EU) and its​ ​member states have remained among its staunchest​ ​supporters. ​I​n their June 2019 Council Conclusions, EU​ ​leaders drew the outlines of a common European vision to​ ​uphold, extend and reform the multilateral system. Against​ ​an increasingly complex and contested geopolitical​ ​backdrop, these goals were further developed in the​ ​recent EU Communication on Multilateralism, published in​ ​February 2021.

  • Extended deadline for early bird registration at EADI-ISS Conference: 2 May
    on 14 April 2021 at 07:38

    Register before 2 May for the early bird fee of the EADI Conference “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”, which is held 5-8 July 2021. The conference, hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, will be held online and features academic panel sessions as well as exciting social and networking sessions.

  • New on our blog: Area Studies Must Be Decolonised
    on 13 April 2021 at 08:20

    The discipline’s existence reflects an enduring Western belief in the inferiority of knowledge production specific to different cultures By David Simon If you thought that area studies sounded like an odd name for an odd discipline, you’d be right. Its genesis reflects an enduring tension within academia between supposedly systematic (“disciplinary”) and geographically specific knowledge production – deriving from particular histories of how universities evolved in Euro-America and its former imperial and colonial realms.

  • New on our blog: Transforming the Production and Use of Knowledge as a Key to Sustainable Development
    on 6 April 2021 at 11:56

    By Niko Schäpke and Ioan Fazey To shift global development to a sustainable and resilient path, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the2030 Agenda call for far-reaching transformations. In this endeavor, the use and generation of knowledge has an important role to play in shaping the direction, form and distribution of development. This is why formalized knowledge systems such as universities, research institutes and education, must change in order to best support transformations to more sustainable societies. What kinds of changes are needed in these knowledge systems and how can they be encouraged?

  • Shaping Africa's Post-Covid Recovery
    on 18 March 2021 at 11:34

    2021/03 – open access book; Author(s): Ugo Panizza, Rabah Arezki, Simean Djankov (eds.) With the exception of some flashpoints in Northern and Southern Africa, the continent has been largely spared from the direct health effect of Covid-19. However, the African economy has been significantly hurt by the economic consequences. This eBook summarises recent research on the economic effect of the Covid-19 pandemic in the continent covering a wide array of topics focusing on the response of firms, households, governments, and international organisations.

  • New on our blog: Why Does Climate Adaptation End Up Repeating, Rather Than Rethinking, Old Development Mistakes?
    on 9 March 2021 at 11:01

    By Siri Eriksen, Marianne Mosberg, Benard Muok, Katharine Vincent, Lisa Schipper, Morgan Scoville-Simonds Climate change requires rethinking development. Yet, in the (understandable) rush to support adaptation, this has taken place within the structures and process of existing development paradigms. As a consequence, similar to well-known critiques of the development architecture, many adaptation-interventions reproduce both the development problems and the skewed power relations that have contributed to vulnerability in the first place.

  • Diálogo virtual EADI: Libertad, desarrollo humano y bienestar subjetivo: implicaciones para los estudios del desarrollo, 8 Marzo, 11.00 CET
    on 8 March 2021 at 10:00

    Con Rafael Domínguez Martín El objetivo de esta presentación es revisar críticamente el papel de la libertad como determinante del bienestar subjetivo a lo largo del proceso de desarrollo humano, entendido en el sentido sociológico de la teoría postmaterialista de la modernización y sus implicaciones para los estudios del desarrollo.

  • Roots of Resilience Land Policy for an Agroecological Transition in Europe
    on 4 March 2021 at 10:22

    2021/02 – Transnational Institute (TNI); research paper; Author(s): Nyéléni Europe, Central Asia Platform for Food Sovereignty This policy reportlooks to support increased access to land for agroecology throughout Europe. This support is now more critical than ever in light of a number of alarming trends including increasing land concentration and land speculation, instances of land grabbing, the precipitous decline in the number of farmers and smallholdings, a generational challenge in terms of farm succession, massive biodiversity loss, a crisis in soil fertility, and the devastating impacts of intensive livestock breeding and industrial agriculture, to mention but a few.

  • New on our blog: Why Has the Agadir Agreement Failed?
    on 2 March 2021 at 08:12

    By Christos Kourtelis Signed in Rabat, Morocco on February 25th 2004, the Agadir Agreement (AA) is a Free Trade Agreement between Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan with the aim of coordinating sectoral policies and approximating legislation to better foster intraregional trade. However, when re-evaluating the performance of the agreement, it becomes clear that it has neither succeeded in fostering regional integration, nor in overcoming the structural weaknesses of Arab-Mediterranean economies.

  • New on our blog: COVID-19 and the Economic Stories of our Time
    on 23 February 2021 at 10:13

    By Simon Mair What is the economy? Speaking to the NGO Our Economy, one interviewee described the economy as “a giant blob or mass that feels like it has its own consciousness.” In popular and academic discussion of the economy it can seem like we’re talking about a child or pet that we have to nurture. The economy is often portrayed as self-aware entity, something separate from but dependent on us. What will happen to “the economy” because of the coronavirus? Have we “sacrificed” the economy to save lives?

  • Workshop on accreditation criteria for PhD Programmes in Development Studies
    on 19 February 2021 at 10:57

    On 24 February 2021, 10:00 - 12:30, a group of EADI member institutes hosting PhD programmes will come together to develop criteria for quality management and accreditation criteria for PhD Programmes in Development Studies. The workshop is open for interested programme coordinators. Expressions of interest to participate can be adressed to accreditation@eadi.org.