Re-envisioning development, exploring alternative constructions across the globe
In the context of converging crises, this in-depth session aimed to contribute to the debate on challenging the mainstream economic model from a critical feminist perspective.
By convening a range of voices from different movements and sectors, the session began by unpacking development, departing from the understanding that development is a politically constructed process and can therefore be defined, envisioned and (re)formulated in different ways. The mainstream development model was discussed and its failures underscored.
While “alternatives” is a contested term, debates around diverse approaches to/and within the mainstream model have been happening for decades. The session focused on re-envisioning development, sharing existing alternative constructions from across the globe. Frameworks and practices that challenge and aim to transform neoliberal development (and in some cases address the urgent needs of today) – such as el buen vivir, food sovereignty, diverse economies, de-growth, and the protection of the commons – were explained and critically examined from a feminist perspective.
Finally, we focused on the ways in which groups are presently pushing these alternatives forward. Given that global structures shape local possibilities, are there opportunities for scaling up? And, more broadly, how do we envision the role of feminist movements and groups in these debates?
By clicking here you could access a wide range of articles and publications produced by AWID as preparation and follow up of this in-depth session at the 2012 AWID Forum. The Feminist Perspectives Towards Transforming Economic Power series shares information, experiences from the ground, and testimonies from diverse groups of women. It provides analysis and builds knowledge on alternative visions and practices of development, with a vision of transformation.