July 21, 2017 admin

On the 26th of June the Vienna based research cluster of the APPEAR project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context organised a screening of the film “Who’s peace will it be?” The 2015 film by Belgian director Luc Pien discusses the history and current reality of war-torn Iraq. After the screening, followed a discussion about the film and recent developments in Iraq. Helmut Krieger, researcher and lecturer at the University of Vienna and coordinator of the APPEAR project in Vienna together with Tyma Kraitt, a Vienna based journalist with a focus on the Near and Middle East, provided insightful and inspiring comments. Important aspects of their talks and the discussions were the challenge to remember what influence decades of war and sanctions had on the Iraqi society, the crucial role oil played in the formation and trajectory of Iraq, and future scenarios for the state, as the religious and ethnic divide in combination with geopolitical factors and confrontations paint a dim future for Iraq and the entire region. Nevertheless, shimmers of hope were identified in civil society initiatives and social movements from below which, against all odds, continuously struggle for social rights and against sectarian politics. The event was well attended by interested students and colleagues from the University of Vienna and beyond. Many showed interest in future events by the research cluster.

June 16, 2017 admin

Film screening and discussion on the current situation in Iraq
As war is intensifying in Syria and Iraq, life has become unbearable in both countries. Hundreds of thousands of refugees seek safety in neighbouring countries and Europe. Many drown attempting to cross the Mediterranean. Drawing on voices other than those we hear, see and read daily in the media, “Whose peace will it be?” traces the origins and causes of the present disaster. The documentary weaves memories of the past through experiences of the present to create a mosaic within which the pathway to peace might be discerned. It provides an impetus to think differently about the future for Iraqi and Middle Eastern people after the state, the civil and cultural infrastructure has been destroyed. (http://www.lightintimetocome.org/)

After the film screening there will be a discussion on the current political developments in Iraq, with a special focus on the ongoing battle over Mosul.
Discussants | Tyma Kraitt, Helmut Krieger

Moderation | Ramin Taghian Language: English/German
Tyma Kraitt is a free journalist and an expert on Iraq and Syria.
Helmut Krieger is researcher and lecturer at the Department of Development Studies with a special focus on transformation processes and social movements in the Arabic- Islamic World.

The event is organized by the interdisciplinary research cluster Conflict and Development in Palestine that is based at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. The research cluster is one of four components of the APPEAR project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context.

The Jour fixe is an open discussion format for colleagues to develop critical questions and new perspectives on the Arab World.
Date & Time | Monday 26th June 2017, 6 p.m.
Location | Department of African Studies, seminar room 3, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna


Download the poster in English and German


June 12, 2017 admin

Read a new article on our project published in the new issue of Frauensolidarität (in German):
“Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit in Verbindung mit Entwicklung –
Emanzipatorische Wissensproduktion im Kontext Palästina
by Klaudia Rottenschlager
Frauensolidarität No.140: Flucht und Migration


May 10, 2017 admin


Helmut Krieger, Klaudia Rottenschlager, Imad Sayrafi will speak about our project at the Department of Development Studies’ event series ie.talks on May 24th.

Location: Seminarraum IE, Institut für Afrikawissenschaften Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Vienna
Chair: Wolfram Schaffar (Department of Development Studies)



May 4, 2017 admin
© Raimund Appel

The Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) commemorated the 50th year of Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with a panel discussion on the future of Palestine. Two affiliates of our APPEAR project, Tariq Dana, director of the Center for Development Studies in Birzeit, and Helmut Krieger, project coordinator at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna, were represented on the panel. Together with Nur Arafeh from the Palestinian think tank Al-Shabaka, they analysed the history and transformations of Israeli military rule in the last decades and sketched perspectives for the future of the Palestinian struggle.

Find the documentation of the event on the website of VIDC (in German):




April 11, 2017 admin

On 5th of April 2017, Andreas Obrecht spoke with us about our project in the Ö1 radio programme “Dimensionen – die Welt der Wissenschaften”.


Ö1 press text with additional information (in German only):

Aufgrund der forcierten israelischen Siedlungspolitik ist das Westjordanland, die West Bank in aller Munde. Ein 5.800 Quadratkilometer großes Territorium, auf dem rund 2,8 Millionen Menschen leben – ein in Zonen aufgeteiltes, segregiertes, von Checkpoints, Mauern, Stacheldraht und israelischen Siedlungen durchzogenes Land, das eigentlich palästinensisches Staatsgebiet hätte werden sollen.

Seit mehr als zwei Jahrzehnten rückt die sogenannte Zweistaatenlösung aufgrund von Scharfmachern auf beiden Seiten in immer weitere Ferne. Wie kann soziale, kulturelle, ökonomische, aber auch politische Entwicklung für die Palästinenser unter den Bedingungen militärischer Besatzung gewährleistet werden? Was haben bislang von internationalen NGOs und UN-Organisationen implementierte Entwicklungsstrategien in den besetzten palästinensischen Gebieten bewirken können und gibt es überhaupt realistische Optionen und Alternativen für eine – aus palästinensischer Sicht – selbstbestimmte Zukunft?

Mit diesen Fragen beschäftigt sich eine Forschungs- und Lehrkooperation zwischen der Birzeit Universität in Ramallah und der Universität Wien, die im Rahmen von APPEAR – dem Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development – durchgeführt wird. APPEAR ist ein Programm der Österreichischen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und wird von der OeAD-GmbH implementiert. Das Projekt Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context bildet zudem insgesamt 50 Sozialwissenschafter/innen in Flüchtlingslagern im Libanon und in Jordanien aus.

Auch wird in der Stärkung landwirtschaftlicher Genossenschaften ein Schlüssel zu alternativen Entwicklungswegen gesehen, wie eine Forschungsinitiative der KEF – der Kommission für Entwicklungsforschung bei der OeAD-GmbH – gezeigt hat. Eine Bilanz über Projekte in einem militärisch besetzten Land, die palästinensische Forscherinnen und Forscher in der West Bank, in Gaza und in der Diaspora ermächtigen will, die eigene soziale, kulturelle, ökonomische und politische Situation nach sozialwissenschaftlichen Kriterien zu erfassen und möglicherweise auch zu verändern.


Ö1-Radiosendung “Dimensionen – die Welt der Wissenschaften”

February 25, 2017 admin

The project provides a set of answer to the needs that emerged during the past few years, particularly in the field of development. Therefore, the project’s activities commenced with a training that represented a fertile debate about the philosophy of research. The activities are carried out in different geographical areas, allowing wider dialogue on scientific research methodologies in light of the Palestinian situation under settler colonialism. The approach used in the project directs the expected studies towards the Palestinian cause and means to reinforce the Palestinians’ steadfastness in their lands against the colonial incursions of the occupation.

Mohaned Abdul Bari, Gaza


The yielded benefit was considerable as the project included a range of salient and diverse activities in the context of knowledge development and enhancing the critical and analytical thinking skills of the participants. The most important activity was implementing workshops that discussed many development topics such as youth employment projects. This workshop was concluded with a set of significant recommendations which we hope will widen the prospects of youth employment in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, the project is also expected to include the enhancement of critical thinking among participants in reading development studies.

I had a unique experience in participating in a paper submitted for the study day of Human Development Report 2015, and by participating in the preparation team to hold the debate about the role of youth employment projects in advancing development. In the next phase, I anticipate preparing a clear plan for the project along with the participants to identify the future activities that will include the remaining five panel discussions and the remaining training topics to be fully informed of such a plan.

Zubaida Abu Tawaha, Gaza


I had the honor of joining the rooting development training course and identify scientific research approaches as well as getting to know the trainer. I do really appreciate the opportunity to take part in this great course, with its solid material and highly qualified trainer.
Fatma Zakaria Wafi, Gaza

The course equipped me with a new and clear knowledge about scientific research approaches and methods as well as knowledge formation. I’m looking forward to gaining new skills in research preparation and correctly employing quantitative methods, in addition to know how to set up critical studies and scriptwriting methodology.

Mahmoud Abo Awda, Gaza


Actually, I’m interested in this kind of training specially its focus on development in Palestine, thus; I would really appreciate to give me the opportunity in this training to enforce my skills in this topic or regard. According to my knowledge the method is so special and unique because it will include the practical side and field activities which is really important to make sure that the received information for the participant’s will be in the right and successful way.
Horieh Hamed, West Bank


I’ve learned about the training program, from Dr. Hassan Ladadweh from the social and Behavioral science Department at the university. My desire to participate in this training for several reasons, including: Develop my skills in the preparation of research and social studies, Identify the most important issues of the Palestinian society and social phenomena, understanding deeply the Palestinian situation and exchange of experience and work with all colleagues. Also the supportive team at CDS: Program Coordinator, provide references and accessibility to all resources at the university.

Anas Lahaseh, West Bank