24 Jun

Decolonising Development – Co-creating a reading list

Co-creating a reading list on decolonising international development

On June 27th, I am hosting a conversation on Decolonising Development alongside London International Development Network, LSE International Development Society (DESTIN) and Tobi Ijitoye.

Decolonising Development is a big question. It is overwhelming in the breadth of areas it covers and the implications for our work as development practitioners. Below is a small list of resources which I find to be useful provocations on the topic of decolonising development.

I appreciate that citing works which are a)published b)in English c) available on the Internet excludes works outside these categories. Nevertheless, we start somewhere and this is where I need your help 🙂 If there is a resource, researcher, blogger, artist whom you feel should be on this list, please drop a comment and I will add 🙂 or tweet me @Marion_AO

With gratitude,

Decolonising Development Reading List

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o – Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/152622.Decolonising_the_Mind

Gayatri Spivak – Can the Subaltern Speak?
http://planetarities.web.unc.edu/files/2015/01/spivak-subaltern-speak.pdf 

Dambisa Moyo – Dead Aid: Why Aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6184317-dead-aid 

Mawuna Remarque Koutonin – Why are white people expats when the rest of us are migrants?
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/13/white-people-expats-immigrants-migration

Afef Benessaieh – Global Civil Society: Speaking in Northern Tongues?
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0094582X11412499 

Edward Said – Orientalism
https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/57454/orientalism/ 

Frantz Fanon – The Wretched of the Earth
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/66933.The_Wretched_of_the_Earth 

Dorian O. Burton, Brian C.B. Barnes – Shifting Philanthropy from Charity to Justice
https://ssir.org/articles/entry/shifting_philanthropy_from_charity_to_justice

Xiaoyun Li – Whose Knowledge? The Challenges for North-South development co-operation
http://effectivecooperation.org/2014/10/whose-knowledge-the-challenges-for-north-south-development-co-operation/ 

Liepollo Lebohang – Colonialism, Development Co-operation and MDGs in Africa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTjSXmKKKzo

Lauret Savoy – Trace
http://www.lauretsavoy.com/books/trace/ 

Courtney Martin – The Reductive Seduction of Other People’s Problems
https://brightthemag.com/the-reductive-seduction-of-other-people-s-problems-3c07b307732d#.2v8xxw9rw 

Allison Yates – ‘White Fragility Training’ for International Volunteer Trips?
https://ethicaltraveler.org/2018/03/white-fragility-training-for-international-volunteer-trips/ 

Ross Coggins – The Development Set (poem)
http://shores-system.mysite.com/development_set.html 

Also check out:
The Alternative Reading List Project
https://thealternativereadinglistproject.wordpress.com/colonialism-post-colonialism/ 

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