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CANCELLED Summer school: Development Studies in Tanzania

From:Mo 27-07-2020
Until:Fr 07-08-2020

The current state of African societies demands a multidisciplinary approach to the very concept of development. For a long time, the instrumental use of this concept and of practices in development have ignored much of the social experience, i.e. people’s understanding of their own condition. The positivist rationale underpinning the experience of development deemed a vast majority of people as ‘underdeveloped’, reinforcing a biased perception of agency and of the self. More recently it has been argued that other factors should be considered to asses development such as gender equality and youth emancipation. This comes in line with a more humanistic view on social groups and the way they take the lead on their own processes of development. In the summer school 'Development Studies in Tanzania' a stance is taken on the contentions issues of development in the 21st century by searching for a holistic way to comprehend different societies in the globe.

Key themes:

  • History of development interventions in Tanzania
  • The role of development assistance, especially coming from South-South cooperation
  • The state of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Tanzania (with particular focus on SDG 2: zero hunger; SDG 4: quality education; SDG 5: gender equality; SDG 17: partnership for the goals)
  • Local development, food production and environmental resilience

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