This book argues that the international development sector is in crisis which can be mostly sourced to its side-stepping the dominant development question of our age, the neoliberal growth paradigm. It argues that this crisis can be addressed, at least in part, by the sector’s re-engagement with the radical development education process that it helped to foster and sustain for over two decades.
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 many of the problems the sector is facing can be sourced to its failings in grappling with the question of neoliberalism and formulating a coherent critique of how market orthodoxy has accelerated poverty in the global North and South. This book recommends re-embracing the radical origins of global learning, situated in the participative methodology and praxis (reflection and action) of Paulo Freire, both as internal capacity-building and external public engagement. The book proposes a new development paradigm, focusing on bottomup, participative approaches to policy-making based on the needs of those NGOs claim to represent – the poor, marginalised and voiceless – rather than constantly following the agenda of donors and governments.
The recommendations made by this book will serve as an important resource for researchers and students of international development and global learning, as well as to NGOs, civil society activists and education practitioners 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 the 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 the 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.