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Introduction to Development: Ideas and Actors 1

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Andrea Cornwall

on 22 September 2016

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Transcript of Introduction to Development: Ideas and Actors 1

What is development?
Introduction to Development
Good change?
Social justice?
Peace and security?
Good governance?
Human rights?
Economic growth?
Gender equality?
Health for all?
Sanitation & clean water?
Access to Education?
Sustainable livelihoods?
for what?
by whom?
for whom?
Development as an 'essentially contested concept'
Constantly under discussion
Lots of competing views and perspectives
Different views may be mutually exclusive
How 'development' is defined depends on location & perspective
Different disciplines may prioritise different issues
'Third World'
'Global South'
or everywhere there's injustice and poverty, including here?
Different definitions favour different kinds of actors and interventions
Visions for development often conflict
Free trade or fair trade?
Economic growth or social justice?
Universal free health care or improving market access?
Can business be good for development?
Should aid be used to help refugees in the UK?
Is aid always a good thing?
people's movements
Marketing poverty: how is 'development' represented?
Development Dilemmas

official agencies
the state
5. demonstrate basic literature and internet search skills to source “grey” materials on development issues
4. articulate their own perspectives on key development debates, including on the question of what “development” means

3. show a grasp of some of the key historical trajectories that have shaped contemporary development policy and practice
2. appreciate the diversity of perspectives, positions and actors that make up the field of “development”
1. demonstrate awareness of the principal approaches that co-exist within the development field

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