Development: Keywords for India

Free Public Lecture

Development: Keywords for India

Malaysian Theatre
Melbourne School of Design

Parkville

Masson Rd, Parkville VIC 3010

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Australia India Institute

South Asian countries have until recently been predominantly framed within the international development community as recipients of aid and development interventions. Commentaries and criticism concerning donor-recipient relations from across the spectrum have therefore focussed on a classic 'North-South' axis, whether validating neoliberal adjustments (e.g. the IMF) or contesting mainstream development in a variety of ways (e.g. dependency theorists, postcolonial scholars). In fact, since the early 1950s, India has been a provider of 'development assistance', which while modest in scale, has been symbolically significant. Over the last decade or so, India in particular, has powerfully dismantled and re-worked its 'recipient' status, while rapidly and substantially increasing its own development partnerships in the South Asian region and beyond. Other South Asian states are also experiencing and leading changes in their identities, modalities and partnerships as recipients and partners with a variety of development providers. This seminar will focus primarily on India to critically appraise the changing contributions it is making to the concepts, practices and politics of international development.

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