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Aid and ´the political´

Reimagining ’the political’ in a post-political aid landscape
The new aid architecture and the case of the education sector in Rwanda

Funding: The Swedish Research Council
Period: 2013-2016
Project team: Beniamin Knutsson and Jonas Lindberg

Governments worldwide, together with representatives for the private sector and civil society, have committed themselves to a ‘new aid architecture’, a global partnership for development built on consensus and coherence between development ‘partners’. Yet, recent research indicates that aid fragmentation is actually worse than ever and there are reasons to suspect that many problems that obstruct implementation are rooted in the post-political logics that underpin the new policy agenda. The aim of this project is to elaborate and employ a new methodology to the study of ‘the political’ in the new aid architecture, with special focus on aid to the education sector in Rwanda. Key to the new methodology is to find ways of understanding and visualizing political tension in environments where such tension is not supposed to exist. The project will produce knowledge on ’the political’ in a global aid landscape with strong post-political features and offer new understandings of the difficulties of implementing the new aid architecture.


For more information

Beniamin Knutsson
Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
+46(0)31 786 2427

Jonas Lindberg

Department of Human and Economic Geography
+46(0)31 786 4458

Contact Information

Department of pedagogical, curricular and professional studies

PO Box 300, SE 405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:
Pedagogen B, Läroverksgatan 15

+46 (0)31 786 0000

+46 (0)31 786 2244

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