International Development Conference 2018
Branded as a dynamic field, development is constantly moving and changing. These changes can manifest themselves in paradigm shifts, government reform, or wars—all of which were prominent during the 20th century. While new NGOs, government policies, innovative solutions, and grassroots movements are garnering media attention for supposedly rehabilitating the field, it is imperative that we acknowledge the historical narratives from which new guises of development emerge. Why does development exist? What causes apparent deviations in development thought and practice? Who benefits and who is disadvantaged? By understanding the particularities and lived reality of development, we can attempt to elucidate the lines which “experts” often draw along the margins of race, nationality, religion, gender, and or socioeconomic status and how development challenges arise systematically.