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This year's NFU conference will be co-organised with Nordic associations

Nordic Conference for Development Research 2013 in Helsinki

The Second Nordic Conference for Development Research provides a
platform for researchers, government representatives and
NGO-practitioners to address the dilemmas of knowledge production in
and for development.

Registration for the conference is now open! Register here.

The conference aims at dialogue between different
methodologies and discussion on their potentialities and limitations
in addressing the riddles of intended change which is at the heart of
development practice.

The role of knowledge production in and for development has been under increasing scrutiny. The questions such as “does development aid really work?” or “is there value-for the money?” are continuously posed by donors as well as politicians and general public. The pressures for showing results, outcomes and impacts have grown under the trends such as result-based management and evidence-based decision making.

These international trends have been under debate in the
Nordic countries as well and tackled in different ways in their
development policies and strategies. The search for more systematic
knowledge production in terms of monitoring, evaluation and impact
assessment has been evident in multilateral, bilateral, and
non-governmental development co-operation. At the same time, there has
been increasing multidisciplinary debate on the methodologies of
knowledge production in such endeavors. The debates between
experimental, participatory and other methodologies have echoed the
disciplinary boundaries and general epistemological underpinnings
within the multidisciplinary field of development research. In
addition to these methodological debates, an increasing body of
ethnographic research and theoretical accounts on the knowledge
practices, forms of indigenous knowledge, and the knowledge-power
configuration in development has been published. Reflecting on such
trends and challenges as identified above, which are relating to
cooperation and support for 'development' within a framework of global
governance, requires again to explore the notion of development and
the concept(s) of development studies and research. We remain
concerned with the question, what Development Research is able to
offer for policy makers and agencies.

The keynote speakers of the conference are Director Ritva Reinikka
from the World Bank, and Professor David Mosse from SOAS, University
of London. In plenary sessions we accommodate a number of further high
standard representatives from different institutions and academic
fields, from North and South, addressing the questions related to the
ways of knowledge production, being the objects of knowledge
production and the knowledge practices within the institutional field
of development.

NORAD and the Norwegian Research Council are funding the conference.

Visit the conference website here: http://www.kehitystutkimus.fi/conference/