Global Learning and International Development in the Age of Neoliberalism
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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
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.