Development narratives in a post-aid era: Reflections on implications for the global effectiveness agenda

March 14, 2023

Recording from the dialogue with Nilima Gulrajani.

Photo: Alexander Abero / Unsplash

SEI’s Development and Aid Policy Team and the Swedish Development Research Network (SweDev) invited Nilima Gulrajani as the keynote speaker for the SEI and SweDev dialogue on development research on 7 March 2023. Watch the recording below!

This dialogue is part of SEI’s and SweDev’s dialogue series on development research. The aim of the dialogues on development research is to spread the findings of development research. The dialogues serve as a platform for researchers to share their work in an informal and public manner. The dialogue series target researchers, practitioners and policymakers within the field of development research.

Three narratives of development

Nilima presents her recent UNU-WIDER paper that delves into an exploration of three development narratives which are all seeking to extricate development from a discredited ODA regime, pave the way for a different kind of relationship between low and high-income countries, and chart a course between the objectives of tackling poverty reduction in countries and resolving broader trans-national challenges. The paper suggests that building a global consensus around development effectiveness requires, as a first step, an awareness of these multiple, cross-cutting, and occasionally competing development narratives.

Penny Davies, Coordinator of the Swedish Chairmanship in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation at Sida, is the discussant for this dialogue. Fredrik Söderbaum, chair of SweDev, gives welcome remarks.

About Nilima Gulrajani

Nilima Gulrajani is a Senior Research Fellow at Overseas Development Institute and Visiting Fellow at King’s College Department of International Development and Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Watch a recording from the seminar here.