IK and DRR network participants to present jointly in the World Social Science Forum in Durban, South Africa

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Network participants Simone Athayde and Marie-Ange Baudoin will participate in a panel organized by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) for the 2015 World Social Science Forum. The Session Will Good Governance Bring Sustainable and Equitable Development? Perspectives from the South” will critically explore the extent to which good governance can deliver the promise of growth with equity. Equity in this context is in view of socially, economically and geographically differentiated risk, the reduction of which is underpinned by good risk governance. Starting point for discussions is proposed Sustainable Development Goal 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. The session presenters and participants will evaluate this proposition across a variety of policy, sectoral, and distinctive regional and national contexts, specifically focusing on risk mitigation, environmental issues, disaster management, natural resource extraction, and industrialization in the Global South. More importantly, the panel offers an opportunity to think beyond the good governance approach to development, for example, by exploring alternative conceptual frameworks of development (e.g. coproduction of knowledge, the return of states in development, and reframing development in terms of citizenship and social justice), as well as draw from a range of empirical cases in Africa, Latin America, and Asia that demonstrate the limits of best practices in development processes.

The case-studies to be presented in this session are:

Session panelists:

The session will build on the knowledge and experience of the audience, but will be introduced by Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Malaysia, co-editor, Is Good Governance Good for Development?), Dr. Shuaib Lwasa (Uganda, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Programme- IRDR) and Dr. Carolina Adler (Chile/Australia, ETH Zürich and ISSC World Social Science Fellow, Risk Interpretation and Action).

Three rapid-fire case studies by talented early career researchers who have participated in the World Social Science Fellows Programme of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will start to explore if Goal 16 is achievable and whether its progress can be measured. They are:

  • Negotiating Risk: Indigenous Peoples, Social-environmental Justice and Hydroelectric Dam Development in the Amazon
  • Inclusive Water Governance: Case Studies from India
  • Discrimination in Good Governance and Equitable Development: The Rohingya of Burma

Then, the audience will be invited into the discussion, using structured methods for the co-production of knowledge. The aim is to conclude the session with a shared outcome document that critically explores the relationship between good governance and sustainable development.

Case studies are prepared by (names in bold will present during the session):

Negotiating Risk: Dr. Simone Athayde (United States of America, Amazon Dams Network, Tropical Conservation and Development Program, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida) and Dr. Marie-Ange Baudouin (South Africa, the African Climate and Development Initiative, University of Cape Town)

Inclusive Water Governance: Pooja Ravi (India, Public Affairs Foundation, Bangalore), Dr. Danica Santic (Serbia, University of Belgrade), dr. Victor S. Peña (Mexico, el Colegio de Sonora)

Discrimination in Good Governance and Equitable Development: Dr. Jewellord Nem Singh (United Kingdom , University of Sheffield), Dr. Nuria Giniger (Argentina, CONICET/UBA), Dr. Lindsey Kingston (United States of America, Webster University).

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