Symposium 'Participation in Development: a capability perspective'


Recent decades have called for more room for democratic participation from local stakeholders in debates on development. The symposium, organised by Utrecht University's Ethics Institute, will adress questions that arise from this call, drawing upon philosophical reflections on democracy, representation, public reasoning, and the role of philosophical theory.

Questions that will be adressed are: What may such a democratic procedure of decision-making look like? How can the decision-making on relevant capabilities for development benefit from an expansion of participation from local stakeholders? How can we adequately represent future generations in the present democratic discourse? What issues arise from the underrepresentation of marginalized groups? Three speakers who have worked on the issue of democratic participation within development from a capability perspective will speak about these issues: Andrew Crabtree (Copenhagen Business School), Elaine Unterhalter (University College London), and Morten Fibieger Byskov (Utrecht University/Wageningen UR).


13.30-13.40: Welcome by Prof. Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University)

13.40-14.40: Andrew Crabtree (Copenhagen Business School): 'Including the necessarily excluded: participation and future people'

14.40-14.50: Break

14.50-15.50: Prof. Elaine Unterhalter (University College London): 'Beyond measuring gender parity in education: Capabilities, participation, and the struggle over indicators for the SDGs'

15.50-16.00: Break

16.00-17.00: Morten Fibieger Byskov (Utrecht University): 'Third Wave Development Expertise'

17.00: Closing of symposium followed by drinks

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Ravensteynzaal (room 1.06), Kromme Nieuwegracht 80, Utrecht
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