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Artificial Intelligence and international development

2023/11/30 - Khalid Ibrahim & Annalisa Iovieno

Kindness and Negotiation in the Digital Age

2023/11/28 - Daniella Vento & Marieke van Gerwen

The Development Dance


Stay Home. Don’t Vote. Save Democracy.

2023/10/03 - Lauren May & Jannis Giesen

The Concept of Meritocracy in International Development

2023/10/03 - Max de Vriend and Sarah Burgers

Sustainable International Development: the Case of Multistakeholder Partnerships

2023/10/03 - Sterre van Campen & Sara Garcia
The world is increasingly striving towards more sustainable development. However, this is a multi-faceted and complex issue. Consequently, this necessitates sophisticated solutions and responses. Over the last decades, there is increasingly recognition for the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration. Cross-sector collaboration can be through governments, international organisations, NGOs, private sector, civil society and academia. Such collaborations are also referred to as a multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP).

The Amazon rainforest conservation agenda & the role of civil society

2023/10/03 - Zoe Barois & Vera Klok
The trajectory of the Amazon forest conservation agenda and the role of organized civil society in the process is explained, highlighting the underlying socio-environmental conflicts among the main stakeholders and development paradigms.

The Crowded Aid Sector: Competition for Means at The Expense of the Goal

2023/10/03 - Lieselot Vroom & Frank Pot
On the 23rd and 24th of February the AMID trainees in the Netherlands and Kenya attended their first of four two-day physical training sessions of the AMID year, the Dutch trainees in Amsterdam and the Kenyan trainees in Nairobi. In Amsterdam, the students reflected on the most important developments that are taking place in the field of international development and were provided several lenses to recognize and understand the developments within the field through a lecture by Dr. Sara Kinsbergen. Highlighted in this lecture were the (1) rise of new development goals, (2) rise of new actors in the development arena and (3) new financing instruments. When talking about new actors, a few students entered into an interesting discussion about competition in the NGO sector and how there is competition for funding. An interesting topic to shine some more light on in this blog.

Shift the Power - Tackling Unequal Power Relations in Development through Participation

2023/08/30 - Michelle Crijns & Nadia Rinaldi
SHIFT THE POWER - TACKLING UNEQUAL POWER RELATIONS IN DEVELOPMENT THROUGH PARTICIPATION The development sector has traditionally been characterized by asymmetrical power relations between the Global North and Global South, shaped by a long history of colonialism. Development discourse is further exacerbating these power inequalities by framing the Global South as a “passive recipient” of aid instead of an active change agent.

Setting Objectives for Social Change: Using Gender and Intersectionality to Improve International Development Policies in Practice

2022/12/05 - Winfred Mugwimi & Jordan Hart
The article draws attention to the need for a multi-dimensional lens to unpack ideas and approaches on gender and social change to question whether gender is still a useful category in development thinking. The article proposed intersectionality as a way to connect theoretical and conceptual insights to actual policies and practices. In this sense, the article draws on the usefulness of gender and how it can be reapplied through an intersectional lens to address wider issues such as colonization, climate justice, socio-political structures, privileges, and inequalities.