Maria Eriksson-Baaz: ”We should reformulate development studies as a field that mainly analyses the…

DDRN.dk earlier covered the intervention of Professor Maria Eriksson-Baaz, Uppsala University, Sweden, during the roundtable ”Development Thinking in Flux - Continuity and/or Change” at the DevRes 2021 Conference. In this interview, Maria Eriksson-Baaz responds in writing to a series of questions by DDRN.dk to elaborate her call for a critical focus on the aid industry and for decolonizing research.
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The Neo-Colonialism in Development Studies

Despite the Global South being the breeding ground for research in development studies, there is a marked underrepresentation of researchers from the region in the field. This entails, the research risk of missing the local perspective—a phenomenon which some experts also label as ‘neo-colonialism' in Development Studies 
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Two years later, families in Kenya’s informal settlements are still food insecure

The scorching sun is unforgivingly baking the ground in Korogocho slums in Nairobi with the same intensity that pangs of hunger are hitting the bellies of Joyce Khamala and her three children. To this family, lack of food is a rodeo that they are used to riding, but not as brutally as it has been since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. The thirty-three-year-old mother of three says that she and her children have faced all the pain that COVID-19 could inflict on anyone: death, stigma and…
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“Ollas Comunes” in Chile in times of the “new normal”

Due to the advance of COVID-19 - during 2020 - neighbors, friends and families from popular neighborhoods in Chile organized “common pots”, a form of popular organization where, through the delivery of homemade meals, food was assured to thousands of people impoverished and unemployed by the pandemic. In 2021, the “Ollas Comunes” or “Common pots” across the country face new challenges: to continue the project despite the low donations and the return to "normal" life of the members who contribute…
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Overwhelmed, tired and bored: This is how young people in Chile is feeling during the pandemic

A scientific study in Chile established that young people -18 to 29 years old - feel more fatigue, worry and boredom during the pandemic than older age groups. The causes are different: Confinement impacts the social life of the youngest, since the closure of schools, bars, concerts, theater, meetings. Also studying at home, experts say, can be stressful and some young people or kids did not have any internet or computer access to educate themselves due the pandemic
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