Brokers and Translators in Development: a focus on civil society
Volledige vakbeschrijvingThis course focuses on the changing role of civil society organizations (CSOs), particularly NGOs, in contemporary development processes. It examines the -contested- role in development and democratisation by considering processes of brokerage and translation and the tensions experienced by these organizations when dealing with state institutions, donors, corporations, other transnational social movements and 'communities'. Thereby, the course aims to critically examine and analyze the potent myths -e.g. they are independent, participatory, value-driven and non-profit- surrounding these organizations. This is done in two ways. First by showing that the ethnographic method is valuable in improving our understanding of NGOs and their relationships with other development actors. Second, (an anthropology of development) through a skills exercise, Project Design and Project Proposal Writing, whereby students are confronted with the dilemmas of 'doing development' by having to write a project proposal for a development project.
Doelstellingen van dit vakAt the end of this course, students: • will have acquired extensive knowledge about the processes of brokering and translation in development • will have acquired extensive knowledge concerning scholarly debates about civil society and development • will be able to write a full project proposal for a development project
VoorwaardenThe courses - GDS4000, - GDS4001, - GDS4002, - GDS4003 or - GDS4004, - GDS4005
Aanbevolen literatuur1. Edwards, M. Civil Society (Edition). Cambridge: Polity Press; 2. Mosse, D., & Lewis, D. (2006). Development Brokers and Translators: the Ethnography of Aid and Agencies: the ethnography of aid agencies. Bloomfield: Kumarian Press; 3. IPPF(2002). Guide for Designing results-Oriented Projects and Writing Successful Proposals. New York: IPPF.
1 feb 2022
1 apr 2022
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Onderwijsmethode:Lecture(s), PBL, Skills, Work in subgroups, Presentation(s)
Evaluatiemethoden:Assignment, Participation, Take home exam
Trefwoorden:Civil society, Democracy, public sphere, Good Society, Civil society organisations, brokerage, translation, ICTs, ethnographic research, Transnational activist networks, Social movements.