Globalisation at the Crossroads?
UvA’s participation at the EADI conference from 20-23 August 2017 in Norway
The latest EADI (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes) conference focused on “Globalisation at the Crossroads - Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries.” Scholars, practitioners and policy-makers from all over the world came to Bergen to exchange views on several forms of inequalities affecting the successful implementation of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
Conference organisers sought to strengthen the cooperation and collaboration within North-South partnerships and research. This was further stressed by emeritus Prof. Isa Baud from the University of Amsterdam and President of EADI, who referred to the increasing strength of Southern research and teaching institutes. This has not only changed how present research networks work, but finally recognises the importance of equality in exchange of ideas and interactive research processes.
The University of Amsterdam was represented in various panels and workshops, with Prof. Joyeeta Gupta leading the way. Notably, Prof. Gupta chaired the closing plenary on: Sustainability and the Green Shift in an Era of Disruptions”, which included lectures by Prof. Achim Steiner (Head of the United Nations Development Programme) and Prof. Susan Parnell from the University of Cape town. She further convened and chaired two sets of conference sessions. One set elaborated on the instruments of inclusive development and how they can contribute to sustainable development. The other panel was concerned about the transnational flow of ideas in national policy and planning in the global south.
Other contributions were made by Dr. Nicky Pouw, who co-organized a panel session on “Advances in Studying Interactions between Social Protection Instruments” together with Prof. Katja Bender of the Hochschule Bonn Rhein-Sieg. Together with researchers and practitioners she debated how the interaction effects between different social protection programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa have been ill understood, due to lack of comprehensive and longitudinal analysis. Poverty and vulnerability reduction have been established in terms of improved nutrition, access to health care and education. But the differentiated effects on productivity on the poor and non-poor are not straightforward. Social and political outcomes on improved social status, citizenship and confidence in state authorities are sometimes also found. From her own INCLUDE research project on social protection in Ghana and Kenya she stressed the importance of historical political economy analysis, coupled to multi-level and multi-dimensional community impact assessment and longitudinal quantitative research. More information on this research project can be found at: https://www.eadi.org/inclusive-growth/shpig-team/
Lastly, Dr. Simone Datzberger and Dr. Rosanne Tromp organized a panel entitled: “Education policy and inequality: On the challenges of implementing global norms and trends.” By drawing on case studies of Indonesia, Nepal and Uganda, presenters shed light on aspects that remain frequently disregarded when it comes to translating education policies into practice and how this is related to inequality and consequently poverty.
More information about the conference can be found at: http://eadi-nordic2017.org/category/news/