Rescuing Development: what lessons of the last six decades are pertinent for reflection?
- Rescuing Development: what lessons of the last six decades are pertinent for reflection?
- Speaker: Dipak Gyawali # Nepal Academy of Science and Technology
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- 2nd Feb 2017 16:00 - 2nd Feb 2017 17:30
- 6th Floor Staffroom, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15A George Sq, Edinburgh
Policy and decision making are inherently interdisciplinary; however, much of their practice (as well as training leading to it) are not. Academia and bureaucracy both not only reward narrow disciplinary contributions but in many instances punish those that stray away from the departmental corral. Given the challenges of complexity to policy making foisted by climate change, water and energy crises as well as shifting loci of international governance, re-thinking development and re-visiting interdisciplinarity has become critical. Using both academic research ( https://www.routledge.com/Aid-Technology-and-Development-The-Lessons-from-Nepal/Gyawali-Thompson-Verweij/p/book/9781138656918 as well as http://www.iwa-network.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/1448008531-Nexus-Governance-Harnessing-Contending-Forces-at-Work_Dialogue-Synthesis-Paper-2015.pdf and http://steps-centre.org/wp-content/uploads/Water-and-the-Nexus.pdf ) and practical experience (http://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/volume6/v6issue2/207-a6-2-4/file ), and using examples around water and energy issues from Nepal, South Asia and the Mekong region, this talk will reflect on how the practice of development needs to learn from the past and cope with impending challenges of the future.