[TimorLesteStudies] Conference Call for Papers: The Challenges for Participatory Development in Contemporary Development Practice

Bu Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Thu Feb 23 20:59:31 EST 2012

Conference Call for Papers:

The Challenges for Participatory Development in Contemporary Development Practice

Date and time:
28/11/2012 - 29/11/2012 Manning Clarke Centre, Australian National University

ACFID Universities Partnership Conference

 is the third conference as part of the Australian Council for 
International Development (ACFID) Universities Partnership, which brings
 scholars and aid practitioners together to discuss important 
development issues.

Participatory development involves including 
people who are affected by the development process as planners in that 
process and  became very popular in the 1980s and 1990s as a response to
 globalization and neoliberal development policies.  It is inspired by 
the work of Robert Chambers as a way of overcoming the shortcomings of 
top-down development and the limitations of expert research and 
planning. Participatory development's catch cry might be 'ordinary 
people know best'. It has, however, been criticized for being tokenistic
 and not been able to address the issues of top down development and 
more recently results-based planning. This conference will explore these
 issues from both an academic and practitioner perspectives.

Call for Papers

 are invited addressing the theme of participatory development, 
inclusion and the challenge for aid programs. Specifically papers can 

    * Gender equality: meaningful inclusion and participation of women and gender/sexual minorities;
 * Overcoming barriers to participation (e.g. ethnic minorities; 
indigenous peoples; those with disability; humanitarian contexts; 
children and youth);
    * Participation in contemporary aid: critiques, tools and techniques;
    * Measuring the value of participations;
    * Advocacy: participation and citizen engagement;
    * Regional case studies

Please send a 300 word abstract to Patrick.Kilby at anu.edu.au
Key Dates:

    * Deadline for abstracts June 30, 2012
    * Selection of Papers and opening of registration July 31, 2012
    * Early bird registration and registration of paper presenters September 30.

More information is available at: http://archanth.anu.edu.au/events/development-studies-conference

Dr Bu V.E. Wilson
T: Australia +61  0  407 087 086
T: Timor-Leste + 670 744 0011
E: buvewilson at gmail.com
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