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Workshop on "International Aid: a ‘Necessary Evil’ for Development in Palestine?”

Tuesday
April 17, 2012
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On 28 February 2012, the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IALIIS) conducted a workshop entitled: “International Aid: a ‘Necessary Evil’ for Development in Palestine?” The workshop is part of a series the IALIIS organizes on the Political Economy of Dependence and Independence in Palestine.

 

In his opening address, Dr. Asem Khalil, Director of IALIIS, explained the reasons behind conducting this particular workshop, thanking all those who have contributed to making the workshop possible.

 

 

 

 

The first session was chaired by Eileen Kuttab, Assistant Professor at the BZU Institute of Women’s Studies. During the session, researcher Alaa Tartir presented a paper entitled: “Aid and Development in Palestine: Anything, but Linear Relationship. Can Aid Contribute to Development?”

 

The second session was entitled “Salam Fayyad’s Plan to Reduce Dependency on International Aid,” chaired by Dr. Yousef Daoud, Professor of Economics at BZU. The speaker in this session was Dr. Nasr Abdel Karim, Professor of Economics at BZU, who presented a paper entitled: “The Future of International Aid and the Plausible Options to Achieve Financial Sustainability of the Palestinian National Authority.”

 

The final session was entitled “Development Programs and the Anti-Colonial Struggle,” in which Nithya Nagrajan, a visiting scholar at the BZU Development Studies Center, presented a paper on “Development under Colonialism?”

 

Both Dr. Mandy Turner and Sam Bahour commented on the first session, whereas Ismat Quzmar and Dr. Mahmoud El-jafari commented on the second session. In the final session, both Khalil Nakleh and Dr. Husam Zumlot were commentators, followed by an open discussion. The workshop was concluded by Dr. Lourdes Habash, who presented concluding remarks and recommendations.

 

For further details please visit: http://ialiis.birzeit.edu/etemplate.php?id=275

 

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