International Organizations and the Politics Of Development: Historical Perspectives

Conference, 6-7 December 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

Graduate Institute, Geneva in partnership with the Pierre du Bois Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Geneva, Geneva 06.12.2013-07.12.2013, University of Geneva

The Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva in partnership with the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l'histoire du temps present will study during a two-day conference the history of development politics and policies from the perspective of international organizations (inter-governmental, quasi-governmental, non-governmental, secular and faithbased, as well as philanthropic foundations). Throughout the period covered by our conference (1910s-1970s) bi-lateral (state-to-state) development programs coexisted with programs discussed and enforced through international organizations. Nonetheless, since the beginning of the twentieth century, development has been debated as an international issue and enforced internationally. We believe discussions that took place within the framework of international organizations allow us to better grasp the Weltanschauung(en) as well as the heterogeneous practices of international aid programs.

Tentative programme: panels, chairs, and participants

Sandrine Kott (Geneva) & Davide Rodogno (Geneva)

Panel 1: Roots of International Development (1914-1938) This panel highlights the origins of international development from the perspective of international organizations. Participants will explore technical assistance programs as well as programs funded and/or implemented by philanthropic foundations and other non-state organizations (i.e. international associations).

Chair: David Ekbladh (Boston)
Branden Little (Weber State U, Utah): The First World War and its aftermath; the American experience

Ludovic Tournès (Genève): Philanthropic Foundations and the Exportation of Development

Véronique Plata (Genève / Paris): The ILO technical assistance practices in the Balkans and Latin America

Simon Jackson (Florence): From Imperial Food Relief to Mandatory Development: the Politics of Emergency in French Syria-Lebanon

Panel 2: Colonial legacies

Chair: JP Daughton (Palo Alto)

Joseph Hodge (West-Virginia): The Internationalization of development practices and discourses from the British Empire to international organizations.

Martin Rempe (Konstanz) Internationalization of development practices from the French Empire to the European Economic Community

Alexander Keese (Berlin): Back to the wall: The Portuguese late colonial state, the legacy of forced labour, the ILO and the war of words,

Panel 3: From Relief & Rehabilitation to Development as international plans during the 1940s How post-war relief and rehabilitation programs fostered a new approach of international development plans

Chair: Jessica Reinisch (London)

Heide Fehrenbach (Northern Illinois): International Social Work or International Adoption? War Children and Child Welfare Initiatives in Europe and Asia

Silvia Salvatici (Teramo U): UNRRA and its vision of development. Some empirical evidence on the Italian case.

David Webster (Bishop's U): The birth of the UN Technical Assistance scheme

Michele Alacevich (New York): The World Bank and the Bretton Wood development programs

Panel 4: Development as a "postcolonial" project?
Focus: International plans as a by-product of decolonization

Chair: Sunil Amrith (London)

Daniel Speich (Luzern): How decolonization fostered discussion on development within international organization

Corinna Unger / Marc Frey (Bremen / Munich): Rural Development and the World Bank

Julia Tischler (Berlin): Decolonising development? The World Bank's role in the Kariba Dam project

Shaloma Gauthier (Genève): Development and state-building in Congo

Panel 5: Actors and spaces of international development programs Development beyond "post-colonial" issues; "longue durée" plans of development in Europe and Latin America

Chair: Madeleine Herren (Basel)

Sandrine Kott (Genève): From Western development projects in Eastern Europe to competing projects of development in the South

Vincent Lagendijk (Maastricht): 'We can make money, but we can't make water': The World Bank and Development Diplomacy in the Indus and Mekong Basins

Corinne Pernet (St Gallen): Latin America as a testing ground for large development plans

Heike Wieters (Berlin): Development expertise for sale. CARE and the Peace Corps in Colombia; or the rise and demise of a public private partnership

Maria Leticia Galluzzi Bizzo (Rio de Janeiro): Brazil: from the League of Nations to the FAO (1932-1956)

Thomas David / Davide Rodogno (Lausanne/ Geneva): The WHO Newsletter and World Health (1948-1968): selling health and development to wider audiences

Concluding roundtable (tentative)
Shalini Randeria (Genève)
Kiran Patel (Maastricht)
Bertrand Taithe (Manchester)
Andreas Eckert (Berlin)

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[Cross-posted, with thanks, from H-Soz-u-Kult]