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.
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
We congratulate our colleague Klaudia Rottenschlager for securing a three year DOC scholarship funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences!
Event: Helmut Krieger, Klaudia Rottenschlager, Imad Sayrafi: Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context: Research in War and Conflict Zones, May 24th
Helmut Krieger, Klaudia Rottenschlager, Imad Sayrafi will speak about our project at the Department of Development Studies’ event series ie.talks on May 24th.
Location: Seminarraum IE, Institut für Afrikawissenschaften Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Vienna
Chair: Wolfram Schaffar (Department of Development Studies)
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 at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna, were represented on the panel. Together with Nur Arafeh from the Palestinian think tank Al-Shabaka, they analysed the history and transformations of Israeli military rule in the last decades and sketched perspectives for the future of the Palestinian struggle.
Find the documentation of the event on the website of VIDC (in German):