(R)evolution? Exploring the Potential of Post-Development Approaches for Reforming Development Cooperation

Event Type
Virtual expert discussion

Location / Date
Online (Zoom), 17.04.2023


German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

The concept and mainstream approaches of development cooperation have been criticised since the early beginning of their existence. Post-development scholars have been criticising development cooperation since 1990 for both its Western perspective and the lack of reflection on asymmetrical power structures. Critically examined are aspects related to power relations, post-colonial structures, knowledge transfer and local grassroots movements.
Based on an IDOS discussion paper we will discuss to what extent and how elements of post-development approaches are reflected in the current policy initiatives of international development cooperation. Three examples are used: German feminist development policy, the locally led development approach as a long-standing concept and Global Public Investment (GPI) as an approach towards a new concept of international cooperation.


Presentation by Francy Köllner
(R)evolution? Exploring the Potential of Post-Development Approaches for Reforming Development Cooperation (IDOS Discussion Paper 6/2023)


  • Ms Birgit Pickel (Director-General for Africa in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ))  
  • Prof. Sandhya S. Iyer (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai / India)
  • Dr Karolina Kluczewska (Ghent Institute for International and European Studies (GIES), Ghent University)




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