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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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

Event report: Film Screening – Whose Peace will it be?

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

Jour Fixe Event in Vienna: Film screening – Who’s peace will it be?

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

New article on our project out now!

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