The NCCR North-South was one of 27 National Centres of Competence in Research implemented by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. >> More
Evaluating Institutional and Social Practices in Sustainable Development and Syndrome Mitigation Research
The term "knowledge" is generally used in a positive sense. In the field of sustainable development, there is, for example, the widespread notion that better utilisation of knowledge in development policy can be a major factor in improving the lives of a large number of people. Reducing the knowledge divide, it is believed, will lead to more equitable social conditions. The generation of more and better knowledge has thus become one of the central elements of current approaches to development. It is worth remembering, however, that knowledge is a political, cultural, social, historical and economic phenomenon that reflects the conditions in which it is produced. As has often been noted, there is a strong correlation between knowledge and power. Of late, development discourse has begun to address the subjects of politics and power as inherent to the concept of knowledge. This new focus on the nexus between knowledge, power and politics in the North-South dialogue opens the way for enhanced reflexivity in existing and future development agendas and programmes.
The NCCR North-South research project "Knowledge, Power, Politics" is a study on the political nature of knowledge production and knowledge exchange in development research and policy.
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