Sustainable peacebuilding and education: Shifting sands within the global development agenda Event as iCalendar

(Development Studies, School of Social Sciences)

26 May 2017

2 - 3pm

Venue: Room 429, Social Sciences Building (201-429)

Dr Ritesh Shah | Faculty of Education and Social Work

There is a strong global imperative for considering how sustained, positive human development outcomes and the ending of perpetual cycles of conflict and violence need to be viewed as mutually constitutive of one another. This imperative is illustrated with the ratification of the SDGs — specifically SDG 16 with its mandate to ensure “peaceful and inclusive societies”, but also through others like SDG 4 (Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work) and SDG 10 (Inequality). Yet, conflict remains one the biggest threats to human development globally, with deleterious impacts on all aspects of human security, survival and well-being.

Evidence and experience would suggest that current approaches to identifying, mitigating and resolving long-standing citizen grievances are not successful, with conflicts increasing in scale, intensity, duration and reoccurrence in recent years. Contemporary discussions highlight the critical need to reconfigure and reimagine the still omnipresent siloes that divide stabilisation, securitisation, humanitarian and development efforts from each other, and rethink business as usual approaches to education provision if the aim is to end cycles of conflict. 

In this presentation, Ritesh, drawing on several years of research and consultancy work on education’s role in conflict-affected contexts, will contrast traditional ways which education has been positioned within humanitarian and development efforts with some more recent thinking highlighting how, and under what conditions, education might contribute to the SDGs broader ambitions.

Dr Ritesh Shah is a Senior Lecturer of Comparative and International Education in the School of Critical Studies in Education. He is an alumnus of the Development Studies programme at Auckland and continues to teach and supervise current Development Studies students.


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