Wednesday, 25 January, 2023 - 12:30

Rocking the boat: Do Development Education NGOs adequately critique neoliberalism?


This webinar will see ANGEL member and independent consultant Harm-Jan Fricke present and discuss the recent report International Development and Development Education: Challenging the Dominant Economic Paradigm?, commissioned by the Centre for Global Education and Financial Justice Ireland to explore the extent to which the development education/global citizenship education sector is engaging with (and challenging) neoliberalism, the dominant global economic paradigm.

The report explores why the INGO sector appears not to be engaging with the question of neoliberalism in a period of deepening economic crisis when education work with the public on the systemic causes of poverty seems long overdue.

This webinar, which will also feature a short workshop session, aims to explore the importance for the sector of confronting these questions, and what the challenges and opportunities will be in doing so. The report's author will begin with a brief presentation covering the methodology and findings, and afterwards, Stephen McCloskey, Director of the Centre for Global Education, will provide a response. ANGEL Chair Doug Bourn will Chair.

The research is primarily based on information from the sector in Ireland but draws on evidence from elsewhere in Europe too.



This session is aimed at both researchers and development education / INGO practitioners.



Harm-Jan Fricke is a consultant with an interest and expertise in the design, management and evaluation of Development Education/Global Learning projects and programmes.

Stephen McCloskey is Director of the Centre for Global Education and Editor of Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review.

Douglas Bourn is Professor of Development Education at UCL Institute of Education and Co-Director of the Development Education Research Centre. He is the author of Theory and Practice of Development Education (2014) and Understanding Global Skills (2018) and editor of the Bloomsbury Handbook of Global Education and Learning (2020).



This event is to be hosted via Zoom. Registered participants will be emailed a link in the days before the event, and also 30 minutes before as a reminder. Time after the presentations will be given over to a short workshop session in Zoom breakout rooms, followed by a plenary discussion.


The ANGEL Webinar Series

This event is part of a series of online events run by the Academic Network for Global Education & Learning. The series is aimed at Global Education professionals, as well as anyone with an interest in research in the fields of Development Education, Global Citizenship Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainable Development, Education for Peace, and Intercultural Education.

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