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.
Klaudia Rottenschlager and Helmut Krieger speak about local knowledge production and decolonial research methods in/on Palestine with Maiada Hadaia from Ö1 Campusradio (in German): Original content posted here.
Project coordinator Helmut Krieger talks about the APPEAR-Project “Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context” with Mattersburger Kreis für Entwicklungspolitik, a Vienna-based association for development research and education: Originally published at Mattersburger Kreis
The Center for Development Studies (CDS) started to conduct a series of Development Dialogue workshops complementing the discussion at the center had held in the previous week. On the 18th of December 2016 CDS held a first meeting in Al-aqaba village, north east of Tubas city to learn about their development experience. The workshop was held in partnership with local …
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 …
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 …