If knowledge is power, who gets to decide what is knowledge?
There is no shortage of research in the development sector. Some countries could sink under the weight of research reports. With all that knowledge it is striking that the problem of development is not already solved.
As researchers, evaluators, and practitioners, we rely upon our own knowledge and ways of generating knowledge, to find solutions. Often (although not always) we fail to recognise different ways of knowing, and different ways of sharing knowledge. We expect the subjects of research to join us, contribute to or participate in our research project. It can be an extractive process. We make assumptions about how and where knowledge is created, held, or shared. And we make assumptions about what is useful knowledge and what is not. Development assumes that the developed (e.g. donor countries) are the keepers of all of the different kinds of knowledge that are needed by developing countries and the primary challenge is transfer. It comes with a blindness to diverse ways of knowing for diverse visions of progress.
Join the International Development Contractors Community (IDCC Australia) and the Research for Development Impact Network (RDI Network) as we host an interactive panel event on Zoom to bring together people who have struggled with these dilemmas, and who try to forge new pathways to a more inclusive and diverse approach to research and knowledge. We will explore the challenges, listening to those that advocate for different knowledges, and also point to practical ways to integrate local methodologies in your work, including the possibilities and the roadblocks. Through panel member presentations, breakout room discussions, and plenary Q&A we will cover:
- Why is including different ways of knowing important? What are the expected impacts, or is the process itself more important?
- What types of knowledge and research frameworks exist within different countries and cultures? Where are they being utilised in the development sector? To what degree of success?
- How can researchers and evaluators embark upon a journey to integrate new methodologies with the commissioners of research and the subjects of research?
- What is the lowest hanging fruit we could grab today and change the way things are done?
When: Thursday 29 April 2021, 3pm – 4.30pm AEST
Where: via Zoom
Hear from a panel of thought leaders and experts offering diverse experiences and ideas for moving forwards, including:
- Dr Eseta Tualaulelei, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Southern Queensland. Speaking on the emergence of a Pacific paradigm and flourishing examples of new research.
- Steven Howes, Professor of Economics and Director, Development Policy Centre at the Australian National University. Former Chief Economist at AusAID, speaking on localising research in economics.
- Eranda Wijewickrama, Humanitarian Advisory Group, speaking on the lessons found in the latest HAG report on localising humanitarian action research in the Pacific.
- Kathryn Dinh, Lotus Evaluation, speaking on integrating diverse ontologies in evaluations in Southeast Asia, including Buddhist Evaluations
- Host & MC: Dr. Bernadette Whitelum, Chief Executive Officer & Director of the Alinea-Whitelum
Come prepared to ask questions, share your own ideas, learn from peers and build your networks.
The event is free to attend.
The event is limited, so book your place today. The event is open to academics, students, NGO staff, private sector practitioners and consultants working in international development.