Development's Futures Conference 2007


Draft Programme for

Development’s Futures Conference

24th and 25th November 2007.


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Saturday, November 24th 2007

9 – 10: Registration, Tea and Coffee


10 – 10:15: Conference opening


10:15 - 11:45: Session 1
Gender Perspectives. Chaired by: Su-ming Khoo, NUIG
• Sharon Jackson, TCD. Empowerment, gender and HIV/AIDS in Tanzania: quantitative and qualitative analysis.
• Raghavendra Srinivas, NUIG. Identity, Gender-based Violence and Economic Development.
• Jacqui O’ Riordan, UCC and Florence Swai, University of Dar es Salaam. Gender Livelihood Strategies: Education and household influences on women and men in Tanzania and Kenya.

Governance and policies. Chaired by: Walt Kilroy, DCU
• Adeyinka Bankole, University of Ibadan. Social Policy and Development: A Sociological Analysis of the Gap in the Process of Policy Formulation and Implementation in Africa.
• Morina O’ Neill, DCU. How has the concept of ‘good governance’ in the new aid agenda shaped conditionalities applied by aid donors in sub-Saharan Africa?
• Patrick McCarthy, UCC. Governance, Legitimacy and Civil Society Participation: Securing Development and Environmental Interests in EU WTO Trade Negotiations Policy and Practice.

Understandings of development. Chaired by Brenda Gallagher, NUIG.
• Veronica Crosbie, DCU. Learning to live together: generating critical cosmopolitan citizenship in the HE language learning environment.
• Carlos Bruen, UCD. Conceptualising Development: A Social Psychological Contribution.
• Rhea Swinson – Fitzpatrick, Galway One World Centre. Signposts for Transformative Education:Historical Insights.

Development Education Resources and Methodologies (Centres). Chaired by: Matt Baillie Smith, Northumbria University
• Valerie Duffy and Deirdre O’Rourke, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Development Education and Participative Learning Methodologies (PLM) at Third Level.
• Mary McGillicuddy, KADE. Developing Civil Society Participation.
• Jennifer Harris and Susan Gallwey, Waterford One World Centre. The Role and Function of Regional Development Education Centres.

Community Development. Chaired by: Patricia Wall, Kimmage Development Studies Centre.
• Sylvie Kokere, Concern Ethiopia. Lessons Learnt from Implementing Community-based Therapeutic Care in Pastoralist Communities in Afar Region, Ethiopia.
• Israel Rodriguez, Community Development, Cuba. Social transformation through community development. A case study from a La Ceiba,” a neighbourhood in Havanna City, Cuba.
• Robyn Wilford, Concern Worldwide and Alex Jacobs, Mango. Putting new approaches to NGO accountability into action.

Migration. Chaired by Alice-Mary Higgins, Comhlámh
• Graham Finlay, UCD and J.M Mancini, UCD. 'Citizenship Matters': Lessons from the Irish Citizenship Referendum for Global Labour Migration.
• Claire Healy, Migration Researcher. Recent Immigration to Ireland and its Implications for Development.


11:45-12: Tea and Coffee


12-1:30: Session 2
Food Security. Chaired by Michelin Sheehy-Skeffington, NUIG

• Lineo Mathule, Eamon Lenihan and Tom O Connor, UCC. Does participating in food for asset projects improve nutrition and livelihood security of HIV/AIDS affected vs HIV/AIDS unaffected households in Lesotho?
• Blessings Chinsinga, University of Malawi. Hedging Food Security through Winter Cultivation: The Agronomy of Dimba Cultivation in Malawi.
• Padraig Wims, UCD. An Evaluation of the impact of the Multiplication and Distribution of Improved Seeds and Planting Materials project on the household food security of rural small-scale farmers in Zambia.

Volunteering. Chaired by Eilish Dillon, Kimmage Development Studies Centre
• Lorraine Tansey, NUIG. University, Students & Community: Harnessing Student Civic Engagement through Volunteering.
• Dervla King, Comhlámh. An overview of Comhlámh’s research into the impact of international volunteering on host communities and host projects in India and Tanzania.
• Brenda Gallagher, NUIG. Volunteering in the Developing World.

Politics of Land. Chaired by Olive Moore, Amnesty International
• Asrat Tegegn, Holy Ghost College, Kimmage Manor. Resettlement and sustainable food security in Ethiopia; A case study of Boreda resettlement scheme in Southern Region, Ethiopia.
• Edward Lahiff, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. The contribution of land reform to sustainable rural livelihoods: emerging policy lessons from southern Africa.
• Siobhan O’ Sullivan, UCC. Reflections on Public Participation and the Politics of Land: From Ireland to South Africa.

Research Partnerships. Chaired by Ruth O’ Doherty, Irish Aid
• Nick Chisholn, Tom Crowley and Mike Fitzgibbon, UCC. Degrees of Freedom: Applied Development Research in Ethiopia through a South-North Partnership Programme.
• Barry Cannon, DCU. Active Citizenship in Central America: creating alliances between local government, civil society organisations and universities in the poorest regions of Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras.
• Mary Manandhar, NUIG. The role of inter-sectoral debate around contextual research in strengthening advocacy and action for maternal survival in Zambia.

Thinking about Development Education – Contexts. Chaired by Roland Tormey, University of Limerick
• Gerry O’ Reilly, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Education: Humanitarian Crises and Emergency Aid.
• Rob Bowden and Daryl Humble, TIDE Global Learning. Developing encounters, encountering development.
• Maria Campbell, St Angela’s College, Sligo. Institutional Culture and Development Education.

Crisis and Conflict. Chaired by Su-ming Khoo, NUIG
• Simon Harris, Social Scientists Association (Colombo) and University of Bradford, UK. Courses in Peace for Countries in Conflict?
• Walt Kilroy, DCU. Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) as a participatory process: involving communities and beneficiaries in post-conflict disarmament programmes.
• Ray Murphy, NUIG. Challenges to international forces in responding to contemporary crisis management operations.

1:30-2:30: Lunch

2:30-4:30: Session 3
Teacher Education. Chaired by: Manuela Heinz, NUIG
• Audrey Bryan, Marie Clarke, Sheelagh Drudy UCD. Developing Future Development Educators and Informing the Future of Development Education in Initial Teacher Education: An Analysis of Student Teachers’ Understandings of Development, Diversity and Social Justice Issues.
• Joanne O’ Flaherty, Orla McCormack, Mags Liddy, Deirdre Hogan, University of Limerick. ‘Groupwork won’t stop them killing each other’: A study of pre service teacher education students’ experiences of and attitudes towards integration of development education into their teaching while on a 12-week teaching practice placement and the potential in their future careers.
• Deirdre Hogan, University of Limerick. An approach to the integration of Development Education into Initial Teacher Education.
• Roisin Corcoran and Roland Tormey, University of Limerick. Understanding Emotional Competencies through Development Education.

Agriculture and communities, Inclusion and Exclusion. Chaired by Garvan McCann, Irish Aid
• Micheline Sheehy- Skeffington, NUIG. Lessons from two contrasting organic growing systems –Chiapas, Mexico and Cuba.
• Sizya Lugeye, Embassy of Ireland, Tanzania. Empowering farmers voices by provision of district agricultural grants inTanzania.
• Gina Castillo, Oxfam Novib. Imagining agriculture as a sustainable and viable practice: Some reflections.
• Stephen Onakuse, UCC. Livelihood Systems and Rural Linkages in Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria.

Dev Ed Modalities. Chaired by: Rhea Fitzpatrick, Galway One World Centre
• Matthias Fiedler, DICE. Interface between development education and intercultural education.
• John Smith, Trócaire. Development Education on the ground: A critical analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing Trócaire’s Senior Cycle Development Education programme, Pamoja Kwa Haki (Together For Rights).
• Matt Baillie Smith, Northumbria University. Bringing development back home: a critical analysis of the relationship between Development Education and Development Studies.
• Carol Healy, NUIG. Development Education and Development Research at Third Level in Ireland - contradictory or complimentary?

Power and Politics. Chaired by: Owen McIntrye, UCC
• Joseph Burke, UCD. Participation, Economics and the Super Pillar: Macroeconomic Policy Formulation in Uganda's Poverty Eradication Action Plan.
• Anne Mathews, DCU. The politics of aid and the impact on development in Zimbabwe.
• Eilish Dillon, Kimmage Development Studies Centre. The More things Change, the More they Remain the Same? Understanding Power Relations in the International Development Field in Ireland.
• Michael Seifu and David Nyaluke, DCU. Global political economy and the developmental state in Africa: an impact assessment.

Religion and Development. Chaired by Chandana Mathur, NUIM
• Fergal Rhatigan, NUI Maynooth. Embedded identities and the development discourse of three groups of Irish development workers.
• Ethna Regan and PJ Sexton, Mater Dei Institute of Education, DCU. On the Development of Peoples 1967-2007: The Enduring Challenge of Authentic Development.
• Patricia Wall, Kimmage Development Studies Centre. Concepts of Development – the Role and Recognition of Faith Based Development Initiatives such as the Missionary Enterprise.
• Niamh Brennan, Milltown Institute. The Role of Faith in Development-Literature Review and Synthesis.

Environment and Development. Chaired by: Heike Vornhagen, Galway One World Centre
• KT Thomson, Cochin University of Science and Technology. “Resource Development Policies and Livelihood Responses of Estuarine island Communities in South India.
• Paradzai Bongo, Practical Action Southern Africa. Inquiry into Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction in the Context of Climate Change-the case of Rural Zimbabwe.
• Conor Fox, Trócaire. Smallholder Farming and Clean Development Mechanism Projects – Can they complement each other?

4:30-5:15: Coffee and poster explanations

5:15-5:45: Speech by Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt

5:45-6:45: Keynote Speech Michael Edwards, Ford Foundation

7 - 8: Wine Reception with music by Eithne Ní Chatháin

7:30 – 7:45 Launch of Palagummi Sainath’s photo exhibition: Visible Work, Invisible Women.

Sunday, November 25th 2007

9-9:30: Late registration

9:30-10: Strategic Landscapes: Research and Education Strategy

10-11: Session 4, part 1
HIV/AIDS. Chaired by: Mary Manandahar, NUIG
• Nicola Brennan, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland. Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS: Is it an effective strategy in tackling the global pandemic?
• Patricia Callanan, UCC. Damned if I do and damned if I don`t". Women`s dilemmas in the face of HIV?AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.
• Kibret Schiferaw Belachew, Kimmage Development Studies Centre.  The Challenge of multi-sectoral response to HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.
• Aisling Walsh, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Lessons from a Network Approach to researching Global HIV/AIDS Initiatives.

Development Education Resources and Methodologies for schools. Chaired by: Maria Barry, Trócaire.
• Timothy Murphy, NUIG. Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry: Toward Enhanced Democratic Practices.
• Mella Cusack, Trocaire/CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit. The 3 Ds: Curriculum development, teacher professional development and development education.
• Patsy Toland and Joe Clowry, Self Help. Development Education in Transition Year – a cooperative approach.
• Julia Franz, University Erlangen, Nuremburg. Generations learning together: sustainability

Ethnographic Perspectives. Chaired by: Chandana Mathur, NUIM
• Paul McCallion, Concern Worldwide/ NUI Maynooth. Indigenous Expertise during Civil War: An Ethnographic Perspective on Technical Knowledge Transfer in Liberia
• Laura Rival, University of Oxford. Indigenous Rights and Capitalist Development in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
• Ed Du Vivier, NUI Maynooth. Husbanding Tradition & Marching towards Modernity
• Malathi De Alwis, University of Colombo. A Community of Dependents? 'Doing Politics' in Post-tsunami Sri Lanka

Education Policies Africa. Chaired by: Ruth O’ Doherty, Irish Aid
• Cathal Higgins, Independent Consultant. Multigrade Teaching: A Viable Option for Sub-Saharan Africa?
• Stellah Tumwebaze, Literacy Network for Uganda. Public private partnership in Adult Literacy.
• Felistus Kinyanjui, Egerton University, Kenya. The missing link: interrogating Kenya’s secondary school system. 
• Fred Msiska, University of Malawi. The "Brain Drain-Gain", Quality of Education and Development in Malawi.

Concepts and Realities – Rights. Chaired by Ray Murphy, NUIG.
• Tamuka Muzondo, University of Witwatersrand, Zimbabwe. Human rights protection under diminished funding , Zimbabwe.
• Owen McIntyre, UCC. The Role of Equity in International Freshwater Law.
• Su-ming Khoo, NUIG. Development of Globalization, Nationalism or Citizenship? Rethinking the unit of analysis for development theory.
• Olive Moore, UCD. From Right to Development to Rights in Development - Human Rights Based Approaches to Development.

NGO partnerships for poverty reduction. Chaired by Alice-Mary Higgins, Comhlámh
• Jack Kissane, DCU. Assessing the impact and contribution of Irish NGOs on IFP and the developing world.
• Achyut Aryal, Concern Worldwide. Microfinance for the extreme poor - a renewed effort.
• Sinead Walsh, Concern Worldwide. Assisting Poor People through Civil Society Partnerships--A Case Study of South Sudan.

11-11:30 Tea and Coffee


11:30- 12:30 Session 4, part 2 (as above).
• Development Education Resources and Methodologies for schools
• Crisis and Conflict
• Education Policies Africa
• Concepts and Realities - Rights
• NGO Partnerships for poverty reduction


12:30-1:30 Plenary session with Palagummi Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor for The Hindu


1:30: Lunch