The Third World as Shepherd Flock? An analysis of partnerships in development

Lærke Svennevig Kersten, Bolette Brüel Andersen, Josefine Esrup, Anna Laura Rolin, Mette Østergaard Nielsen & Elisabeth Bojsen Træden Larsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In the world of development the partnership-approach is widely accepted as the best possible way to conduct development and create sustainability within the projects. Seen in the light of our chosen theory post-development, the somewhat unquestioned status of the partnership approach is problematic as this poses a very one-sided logic. The problem specifically arises within the subjectification process of the South, as the basis for this is provided solely through techniques stemming from a Western rationale and framework of understanding We will combine the theories of the post development theorist Aturo Escorbar with concepts presented by the post-structuralist Michel Foucault. Post-development theory builds upon the foundation of post-structuralism, and therefore a combination of Escobar and Foucault is viable. Our projects will have a deductive approach, and will be conducted as a case study with ‘Development’ as our context frame, ‘Partnership’ as our case and three organisations, representing each a different level of the development industry In Denmark, as our units of analysis. Our empirical material will consist of official documents from the three organisations along with interviews with a contact person from each of the three organisations.

UddannelserBasis - International Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato13 jan. 2012
VejlederePreben Kaarsholm


  • partnership
  • Michel Foucault
  • Development
  • Post-development theory
  • Civil society
  • Arturo Escobar