1st Edition

Global Learning and International Development in the Age of Neoliberalism

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ISBN 9780367681593
October 14, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified a crisis in the international development sector that it can begin to tackle by re-engaging with development education practice.

The recent safeguarding scandal is symptomatic of a sector that is becoming overly hierarchical, brand conscious and disconnected from its base. This book argues that the sector’s failure to grapple with neoliberalism and to formulate a coherent critique of how market orthodoxy has accelerated global poverty has led to many of the problems it is facing today. This book recommends re-embracing the radical origins of global learning, situated in the participative praxis (reflection and action) of Paulo Freire, both as internal capacity-building and external public engagement. The book proposes a development paradigm, focusing on bottom-up, participative approaches to public engagement based on the needs of those that international NGOs claim to represent - the poor, marginalised and voiceless - rather than engaging in the incremental change of top-down advocacy based on the agenda of donors.

The recommendations made by this book will serve as an important resource for researchers and students of international development and global learning looking for solutions to the problems within the sector.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Fairy Tales of Development: Climate Change, COVID-19 and Neoliberalism   Part 1: Development Education and Transformation  Chapter 2 The Freirean Pedagogy of Development Education  Chapter 3 Development Education and Social Change  Chapter 4 Development Education and "Adjectival"  Sectors  Chapter 5 Development Education in Practice   Part Two: Development Education, International Development and Neoliberalism  Chapter 6 Neoliberalism and Inequality: Our Development Model is Broken  Chapter 7 Resisting the Rise of Populist Nationalism: The Role of Development Education and International Development  Chapter 8 Alternatives to Neoliberalism  Chapter 9 COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis: Two Sides of the Same Neoliberal Coin  Part Three: The Policy Environment for Development Education and International Development  Chapter 10 Development NGOs and the Aid Fetish  Chapter 11 The Sustainable Development Goals: Are they Fit for Purpose?  Chapter 12 Racism and Development  Chapter 13 Conclusion: Creating a New Development Paradigm

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Stephen McCloskey is the Director of the Centre for Global Education (CGE), a development non-governmental organisation in Belfast that provides training and resources on international development issues. He is editor of Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, a bi-annual peer reviewed, open access journal. He regularly writes in both Policy and Practice and openDemocracy on development, the Middle-East, social justice and poverty. He is co-editor of From the Local to the Global: Key Issues in Development Studies. He also edited Development Education in Policy and Practice. He manages education projects in the Gaza Strip, Palestine and Beirut, Lebanon, and is currently undertaking research on Palestinian refugees across the Middle-East.