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Deconstructing Human Development – From the Washington Consensus to the 2030 Agenda



When: Friday, 12th March, 5.00pm-6.30pm 

Registration: See here for full event detail and zoom link 


Juan Telleria (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU ) presents ideas and concepts from his new book 'Deconstructing Human Development – From the Washington Consensus to the 2030 Agenda'.

The centre for Ideology and Discourse Analysis at the Department of Government invites you to attend (virtually) and take part in this exciting seminar which marks the publication of Juan Telleria's new book. cIDA seminars host speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds, seeking to offer a forum in which to discuss and engage with current theoretical and political debates.

Juan provides  a critical deconstruction of the human development framework promoted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990. Taking the Human Development Reports of the UNDP as its starting point for reflection, this book investigates the construction of this framework as well as its political function since the end of the Cold War. The book argues that the UNDP’s discourse on development relies on essentialist philosophical, cultural, and political assumptions dating back to the 19th century and concludes that these assumptions – also present in the MDGs and SDGs – impede a full grasp of the complex and multi-layered global problems of the current world.

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