Re-envisioning development, exploring alternative constructions across the globe

In the context of converging crises, this session aims 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 will begin 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 will be 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 will focus 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 – will be explained and critically examined from a feminist perspective.

Finally, we will focus 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?

19TH April

  • Benedicte Allaert, WIDE
  • Nicole Bidegain DAWN
  • Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Pamela Caro, CEDEM, Chile
  • Professor Diane Elson, University of Essex, UK
  • Wendy Harcourt, International Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands and member of WIDE Italy
  • Raquel Romero, Fundacion Colectivo Cabildeo, Bolivia
  • Dr Yvonne Underhill-Sem, University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Gina Vargas, Articulacion feminista Marcosur, Peru
  • Natalie Raaber, AWID, USA
  • Alejandra Scampini, AWID, Uruguay

20th april

  • Usu Mallya, Tanzania Gender Network Programme, TGNP, Tanzania
  • Esther Mwaura Muiru, Groots Kenya, Kenya
  • Kinda Mohamadieh, ANND, Beirut.
  • Soma Parthasarathy,  Researcher/Advisor, Gender, Development and Livelihoods, India
  • Dr.Christa Wichterich, WIDE, Germany
  • Nani Zulminarni,  JASS Asia, Indonesia
  • Natalie Raaber, AWID, USA
  • Alejandra Scampini, AWID, Uruguay