Our Aims and Objectives

We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issues

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What is Development Studies

What is development studies and decolonising development.

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Our Members

We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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Find out about our constitution, how we are run and meet our Council

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Meet our Council members and other staff who support the running of DSA

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The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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Past Conferences

Find out about our previous conferences

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Study Groups

Our Study Groups offer a chance to connect with others who share your areas of interest

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Students and ECRs

Students and early career researchers are an important part of our community

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Our book series with OUP and our relationship with other publishers

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North-South Research

A series of workshops exploring North-South interdisciplinary research with key messages and reports

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Membership Directory

Find out who our members are, where they are based and the issues they work on

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British Council report: Next Generation Pakistan

Next Generation Pakistan is a significant national research study conducted by the British Council which comprehensively examines the perceptions of the country’s young population between the ages of 16 and 34 with specific focus on their views, values, beliefs, and actions. It assesses in detail the challenges which Pakistan’s youth face today, how it impacts their choices and decisions, and the efforts they are undertaking to transform and better their lives. 

This new report explores key findings such as mindset, finding that Young Pakistanis are divided on their identity: by their religion first, rather than their nationality as Pakistanis. It finds young Pakistanis optimistic about their future lives and careers and that they wish to stay in Pakistan as opposed to moving abroad. But the report finds these young people are politically very passive and apathetic, with little to no faith in the political system.

Emerging challenges are highlighted, such as employment, education and enabling factors such as politically engaging in policy making and engaging specifically with the education system are outlined.

This report notes that the views of Pakistan’s youth have been recorded at a time “when Pakistan faces a myriad of crises.” The country is experiencing a serious economic downturn, as well as major political instability, while the next general elections are just around the corner, and at a time when an unprecedented environmental catastrophe has depleted its resources and opportunities. “How the nation deals with these developments is crucial, and young people are at the centre of this storm as they are its biggest affectees and change makers. This is a crossroads moment for Pakistan, now more than ever.”

The Next Generation programme is part of the British Council’s commitment to exploring youth voice and choice. The global research programme is initiated in countries that are experiencing a period of significant change, with the purpose of ensuring that young people’s voices are heard and their interests properly represented in decisions and policies affecting their lives.

The research projects aim to examine young people’s views on education, employment, lifestyle, their degree of international engagement and their opinions on the wider world. The research provides an insight on youth attitudes and aspirations to better influence policies targeted at youth populations.