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Invitation to participate in online conference: ‘Decolonising Development: Whose Voice? Whose Agenda?’, May 22-24, 2017

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Invitation to participate in online conference: ‘Decolonising Development: Whose Voice? Whose Agenda?’, May 22-24, 2017

Time: May 22, 2017 to May 24, 2017
Location: Online
Event Type: online, conference
Organized By: Lata Narayanaswamy
Latest Activity: May 15, 2017

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Event Description

*Apologies for cross-posting*

I would like to invite the Gender and Evaluation online community members to participate in a major online global conference entitled ‘Decolonising Development: Whose Voice? Whose Agenda?’, which will take place from 22nd to 24th May 2017. See link to pre-conference blog here where we can start the discussion:

The conference builds on research and current debates that critically assess the growing faith in multi-stakeholder development partnerships to achieve the SDGs. Research undertaken amongst CGD members and INTRAC and the Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment in diverse development contexts exposes the complex power dynamics and contradictions often inherent in multi-stakeholder initiatives.
The research raises fundamental questions of why we ‘do’ development’; who decides what development is; what types of development we are arguably feeling forced into promoting; and what type of development we want to see.

We feel it is time to widen the debate and bring together a diverse group of participants from development practice, policy and research to discuss these issues in a safe space and identify innovative strategies for ‘doing development differently’. We anticipate that a key output from the conference will be a high-profile publication.

The conference will be organised around three interlinked themes:
Power, voice and inclusion
Accountability, evidence and impact
Partnership and capacity-building

During the conference key contributors will lead two hour sessions, posting initial short think pieces to stimulate dynamic discussion among the participants around each theme.

It is simple and free to participate in the conference. We will be sending out a conference agenda and instructions on how to join the conference group in the next two weeks. Technical support will be available before and during the conference, should you need it.

Please could you let me know by Friday 5 May 2017 whether you would like to participate, and copy your response to

If you have any questions please get in touch.

Best wishes


Dr. Lata Narayanaswamy

Lecturer in International Development

Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

13.38 Social Sciences Building

University of Leeds


+44 (0) 113 3434507

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