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

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What is development studies and decolonising development.

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

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Practical Action Publishing, August

‘This book, a compilation of authoritative and practical analyses and recommendations, is a valuable resource for all working within humanitarian and developmental contexts. The case studies and lessons learnt provide valuable evidence on which to build short-term effectiveness and long-term resilience and sustainability.’

The viewpoints of African farmers, activists, scientists, scholars, and policymakers combine in this volume to articulate a shared and dynamic vision of a world where agriculture is productive, diverse, and sustainable; where different ways of seeing and knowing are respected; and where seed and food systems are in the hands of farmers and local communities.

Reframing Aid: A Strengths-based Approach for International Development

Keren Winterford, Deborah Rhodes, Christopher Dureau

The authors set out the strong theoretical and practical basis of a strengths-based approach; explore insight through the lens on power, culture and psychology; and provide examples of how the approach is already applied in practice within the project cycle, monitoring and evaluation, dominant current approaches and sectors of international development.

‘Hanna Ruszczyk combines her observations with the voices of mothers, neighbours, mayors, women and men, living, working, dreaming in places that are often forgotten, and challenges normative understandings of gender, resilience, and infrastructure in the context of urbanisation in Nepal – and broader.’

Scholar-Activism and Land Struggles

Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Jennifer C. Franco

Open access.

This book is about scholar-activism and political struggles for land. Scholar-activism is a way of working that tries to change society by combining the best features of radical academic and political activist traditions, despite the many contradictions and challenges that this entails. The role played by scholar-activists in land struggles is important, but is not straightforward.

Practical Action Publishing can offer free access to all their books and articles. Ask your institution to get in touch with them – we can set up affordable platform access that suits your students’ and colleagues’ bespoke needs. Find out more here or email to find out more.

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