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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Brainstorming session on research agendas within a colonial context

  The Center for Development Studies (CDS) held a brainstorming session that discusses the research trends and agendas in relation to development in the colonial context. The session was attended by dozens of academics and students from different departments and specializations. It focused on the structure of the research agenda and the conceptual arguments it

Report: Project meeting in Lebanon and Jordan, July 2016

Within the framework of the project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context two project members, Helmut Krieger and Klaudia Rottenschlager from the University of Vienna, took part in the kick-off meetings at the partner NGOs in Lebanon and Jordan. The trip offered the first opportunity for the Vienna-based colleagues to meet in person and jointly discuss

Jour Fixe in Vienna: Turkey and the war in the Arab world

June 17th 2016 with Dr. Hakan Akbulut, Scientific Researcher, Austrian Institut for International Affairs The projects research cluster ‘Conflict and Development’ regularly invites interested colleagues to discuss current developments in the Middle East. After a first event in the beginning of April which revolved around – developments in Syria, the latest session questioned the role

Workshop: Rethinking research in/on Palestine

25th of June, 2016 The research cluster Conflict and Development based at the Department of Development Studies (DDS) organized a workshop to “Rethink research in/on Palestine”. Since the Oslo accords, scientific research in/on the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) has been reshaped by transformative Israeli occupation practices, the implementation of a neoliberal development agenda, and processes

Project Launch at Al Azhar University

The Deanship of Planning and Quality Assurance, represented in the Dean Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Okasha and his assistant Dr. Ali Abu Zaid, organized an introductory meeting for the selected researchers to participate in the activities of “Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context” Project. With funding from APPEAR (Austrian Partnership Program in Higher Education & Research