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Lecture Sara De Jong "Doing good and doing it right? Working in development in decolonizing times"

dinsdag, 6 maart, 2018 - 19:00 to dinsdag, 6 maart, 2018 - 21:00
Sainctelettesquare 17, 1000 Brussel
Evening Lecture

"Based on research into the position of women located in the global North seeking to support women from the global South, this presentation asks what it means to ‘do good’ in an unjust world by thinking through the tensions that emerge when unequally situated people encounter one another. It considers the work of international NGOs operating in the global South alongside migrant support and advocacy NGOs in the global North, refusing the common separation between the international and domestic NGO sector, arguing that they face similar dilemmas of representation, accountability and responsibility. Drawing on interviews with women working in the sector I move beyond an organisational critique and instead reflect on the everyday dilemmas that NGO workers face, the ways in which they understand their work, and their investments in their jobs, in light of their inevitable entanglement with the inequalities they seek to address."


Sara De Jong (Open University) currently conducts research on the claims for protection, rights and settlement by Afghans and Iraqis who have worked for Western military forces and development organisations, as well as on the activities and strategies of their supporters. Her PhD research was published as a monograph with Oxford University Press in the Gender and IR book series under the title Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides. 

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Sandra Galbusera (Plan België) en Paco Sanogo (Broederlijk Delen)

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