Post-Colonialisms Today is a policy research and advocacy project on development policies and initiatives adopted, promoted, or formulated by governments and policy institutions across Africa in the immediate post-independence period. With a particular focus on the period from the 1950s/1960s to the onset of the crises of the mid- to late 1970s, the project aims to recover the key policies that sought to address what were then perceived as the limits of socio-economic progress imposed by Africa’s colonial experience and to fulfil the material, cultural, and spiritual needs and aspirations that drove the movement for independence from colonial rule. Applying feminist and heterodox approaches to economics, these policies will then be examined in the light of on-going developmental challenges in Africa, with a view to identify ideas that can usefully be adapted.
The thematic scope of the project is social and economic policies pursued by post-colonial African governments in the period under discussion, the institutions constructed in support of the realisation of these policies, as well as the cultural initiatives and forms developed as part of the processes of giving expression to African agency and needs in national economic development. Specific themes include:
- The challenge(s) of structural economic transformation in the post-colonial context (nationally, regionally and globally), and the articulations by various leaders.
- Different and contested strategies for development adopted in relation to the socio-economic and political structures inherited from colonialism.
- Policies of socio-economic transformation formulated, adopted and/or promoted – including:
- industrial, agricultural, natural resource, trade, financial, monetary, policies, etc.
- social development – education, health, water, etc.
- cultural – language, integration, nationhood, etc.
- Institutions – planning, cadre formation and skills development for managing socio-economic policy, science and technology research in development, etc.
- Intellectual articulation of development ideas and debates.
Proposals may deal with topics under a single theme or across themes, and may be devoted to individual countries, groups of countries, or regions in Africa. In addition to considerations of merit and relevance, proposals must also show a feminist as well as
heterodox approach to analysis of social and economic development.
Selected proposals will be announced in February 2018. Up to USD 5000 will be offered to support the fulfillment of each accepted proposal. An initial researchers meeting will be held in March 2018 to discuss the methodology and framing of the research papers. Draft research findings will be reviewed in August 2018 and finalized shortly thereafter. Research papers will be published in a compendium, along with distilled policy briefs and short opinion articles disseminated for broader audiences
Proposals will be accepted from African scholars and activist intellectuals in English, French, Arabic, and Portuguese.
Deadline for submission of proposals is 26 January 2018
Proposal abstracts of approximately 500 words must be sent no later than 26 January 2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your full name, ffiliation, and contact information with your proposal abstract.
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