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Upcoming Events

LIDC runs a variety of events: academic workshops that aim to explore issues in depth and generate research proposals; conferences, seminars and lectures. Below you can find out more about our upcoming events and other development-related events organised by Bloomsbury Colleges.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 17:00 to 19:00

Most development thought is based upon the assumption that the uplifting of the world’s poor is to be carried out by elite actors (states, corporations, NGOs) rather than the poor themselves. This way of thinking, paradoxically, helps justify new ways of oppressing and exploiting the poor. In this talk, Professor Benjamin Selwyn from the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, launches his book The Struggle for Development (Polity, 2017). He introduces the concept of labour-led development to illuminate, theoretically and empirically, ways in which the poor can be masters of their own development.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 17:00 to 19:00

In the 21st century, many parts of the South Asian subcontinent are being conquered not by settler-migrants (as was the case in the Wild West) but by unruly and illegal forms of capital. The connections between criminal profit and politics – the criminalisation of politics – incentivise the politicisation of crime and the proliferation of ‘mafias’ and criminal economies. This talk will attempt to summarise a unique project of field research into natural resource crimes and political funding and behaviour in India, arguing that mainstreaming the criminal economy challenges many political science orthodoxies.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:00

The seminar will present the results of a meta-analysis examining the overall impact of women’s empowerment projects evaluated as part of Oxfam GB’s Effectiveness Reviews. It provides an example of how using meta-analysis in the presence of a robust organisational global evaluation framework can enable evidence-based learning, organisational accountability and better programme implementation. Results show a positive and significant impact on the Women’s Empowerment Index and mixed results with its individual indicators. It also found statically significant overall effects where the individual studies were too underpowered to detect impact.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 17:00 to 19:00

Black radicalism is one of the most misunderstood political philosophies that exist. Conflated with extremism; narrow versions of nationalism and; misogynistic organisations, it has largely been dismissed or overlooked as the ‘evil twin on the Civil Rights Movement’. This talk will recover the legacy of Black radicalism, outlining a tradition that provides a revolutionary alternative to the status quo. Calls for the Black Revolution challenge some of the central premises of development studies, demanding a route to liberation for Africa and her Diaspora.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 17:00 to 19:00

The last decade or so has been a period of remarkable success for the actors, ideas and practices of South-South Cooperation. First, the number of Southern development partners has grown, and collectively they have significantly increased their development finances and programmes. Second, they have consolidated and defended the claim to doing development differently. Third, they have achieved recognition as essential partners within the international development community. This expansionary phase of South-South Cooperation followed five decades of Third World-ist, socialist and non-aligned development solidarities, achievements and setbacks, which were largely peripheral to the hegemonic institutions and ideologies of mainstream ‘international development’. In this paper I suggest that a third phase is now opening up in South-South Cooperation. Global factors are an important driver, particularly the end of the commodities super cycle and the contagion of the global financial crisis. So too are specific domestic issues, such as the risks presented by China’s debt, or Brazil’s economic and political crisis. Here though I focus on the successes of the last decade as important drivers of change currently unfolding in SSC agendas, narratives, modalities and institutions. I suggest that South-South Cooperation in the decade ahead will be characterised by a more pragmatic, outcome-oriented narrative framing than in previous phases; will experience greater difficulty in maintaining claims to non-interference; and will generally show less ideational and operational distinction from more ‘established’ donors in what is a more polycentric development field.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 17:15 to 20:00

This lecture is organised in honour of the life and work of Stephen Lawn. Steve was Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and an active member of the TB Centre and worked closely with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he was based from 2005 to 2012. He died in September 2016, and this second annual memorial lecture will be held in London, and also delivered in Cape Town on 19th March 2018. The lecture will be followed by a reception.