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.
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.
- To work out the Palestinian development agenda Rooting Development by establishing a community of critical knowledge producers (researchers, intellectuals, activists, political actors).
- To train new fieldworkers from Palestinian communities in Jordan and Lebanon.
- To establish an advanced training programme at CDS.
- To build an academic network for a young generation of researchers and fieldworkers from the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Austria.
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 …
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 …
Georg Layr presented our project at 13. Entwicklungspolitischen Filmtage “Palästina” in Linz after a screening of the documentary 5 Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi. Find more info and documentation here.
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 …
Working towards a new development agenda for Palestine, the project organised a panel discussion at Al-Azhar university to discuss the role of youth employment projects in advancing development. For more in formation in Arabic, click here.