Rooting Development

in the Palestinian Context


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The Project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context integrates and builds on the developmental challenges, experiences, and popular strategies of various segments of the Palestinian population in the Westbank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan and Lebanon. It derives from the particularities of the Palestinian people and the specific challenges faced as a result of the fragmentation and territorial displacement from decades of Israeli rule.
Through bridging the divide between academic knowledge producers, community-based knowledge and development strategies, the project aims at building alternative knowledge and practices of development that move beyond Eurocentric, Western models.

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Founded upon the previous APPEAR project, the Center for Development Studies (CDS) at Birzeit University (BZU) and the Department of Development Studies (DDS) at the University of Vienna continue to deepen and articulate an alternative vision for development.

The project integrates and builds on the developmental challenges, experiences, and popular strategies of various segments of the Palestinian population in their different locations, in order to bridge the divide between academic knowledge producers and community-based knowledge and development strategies.

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  1. To work out the Palestinian development agenda Rooting Development by establishing a community of critical knowledge producers (researchers, intellectuals, activists, political actors).
  2. To train new fieldworkers from Palestinian communities in Jordan and Lebanon.
  3. To establish an advanced training programme at CDS.
  4. To build an academic network for a young generation of researchers and fieldworkers from the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Austria.

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Development Dialogue – Bethlehem

The Center for Development Studies, Birzeit University, held a Palestinian developmental debate and dialogue session in Bethlehem. Ten representatives of grassroots organizations in Aldheshah, Azzah and Aidah camps attended the meeting. The discussion tried to provide a critical and alternative reading for the developmental experience in the refugee camps. Additionally, seven of the s of

Fieldworkers Training Continues in Jordan and Lebanon

After the summer school in July, fieldworkers in Jordan (29/30 September) and Lebanon (22 October and 18/19 November) started their training sessions with an evaluation meeting about last year’s experiences and challenges.   Together with Ayman Abdul Majeed (Birzeit), the colleagues in Jordan discussed adjustments of their research proposals, varieties of research methods (oral history,

Interview: Ein nächster Krieg im Libanon?

Saudi-Arabien hat Anfang November den libanesischen Ministerpräsidenten Saad Hariri zum Rücktritt gezwungen, den er vor wenigen Tagen wieder zurückgenommen hat. Was hat es mit diesem kurzfristigen Rücktritt von Hariri auf sich? Welche Rolle spielt dabei Saudi-Arabien? Wird es zu einem weiteren Krieg im Libanon kommen? In einem von Ramin Taghian am 24.11.2017 geführten Interview schätzt

Helmut Krieger on Austrian public radio OE1 [GER]

Listen to Helmut Krieger speak about the revolts in the Arab World at Ö1, an Austrian public radio station on October 20th at 1pm. The discussion will be in German. In case you miss it, it will be streamed online for a week here.   Was blieb vom arabischen Frühling? Die Suche nach Zukunft in den

Report: Summer School | Beirut 2017

Download the program of the summer school in English or Arabic   What does it mean to change perspectives of knowledge production in/on Palestine and Palestinian communities in their different locations? The 2017 summer school Rooting Research in the Palestinian Context took place in Beirut, from the 22nd to the 28th of July to discuss