During our workshop we want to look into the economic and political relationship between the global north and the global south and its development in the context of colonialism. Here the purpose of development cooperation is put to question. Does development cooperation help decrease global inequality or is it rather another instrument that pursues western interests? Are we even in a time of a modern colonialism where the global north tries to force its way of life and its structures on the global south by means of development aid? Does today’s development aid represent a modern form of selling indulgences and to what extend does it lead to a standardisation of the world?
Furthermore we want to investigate our own personal position in the global network of relations. Which role do we personally take on in world affairs? How do historically developed structures affect our perception and way of life? And which consequences on a global scale result from our daily behaviour?
However, we want to go further than just criticising the current system and perceptions and discussing problems, by developing possible solutions together. Instead of implementing measures to decrease the consequences of historically developed structures of inequality, we want to find ways to fight the causes of the problems. To achieve this, change needs to begin within ourselves and our way of life. Which approaches and possibilities are there to shape global structures more fairly and reduce the necessity of development aid? And how can every one of us participate in working towards a solution in our everyday lives?
Together with scientists and professionals we want to approach the complex background of global network of relations, discuss problems and develop possible solutions. We want to encourage a differentiated perception of the topic and are therefore looking forward to international participants that can share different experiences and outlooks. The workshop will be in English to include many different voices in the discussion.
- Amelie Möller
- Dolores Birk
- Janika Hintzsche
- Jennifer Schneider
- Sophie Berg
- Veronika Hönes
Chinta Musundi-Beez lived in Kenia until 2001 and has a Master’s degree in „Intercultural Labor and Conflict Management“.
She has long-standing experience in development cooperation and humanitarian aid in Tanzania and Africa. Currently she works in the field of refugee relief as a social worker, as a lecturer for “Intercultural Communication” at Bremen University and as consultant for “Bildung trifft Entwicklung”. “Bildung trifft Entwicklung – Regionale Bildungsstelle Nord” acted as a intermediary.
Studies political and administrative sciences (MA) in Constance and International Development Studies (M.Sc.) in Utrecht. She works in the field of project initiation and management in the German sector for Bridging Gaps e.V.. The association Bridging Gaps e.V. is active in South Africa and Germany to overcome prejudices and racism. She gained different insights regarding international cooperation during her former work as a “weltwärts” volunteer and trainee at GIZ Ghana. Her thematic focus lies in postcolonialism, racism, critical whiteness, development cooperation, sub-Saharan Africa and international exchange.
Dr. Thomas Dürmeier
Economist, expert on corporate concentration and globalization, member of the scientific advisory council of Attac Germany as well as manager of Goliathwatch in Hamburg (www.goliathwatch.de). His last publication was the Study against the merger of Bayer & Monsanto. “Attac” acted as a intermediary.