SADED is a project at CSDS in India.

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies



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Developmental Paradigms and Practices

In its longer history, the Centre’s scepticism towards conventional development thinking resulted in works that focused on both philosophical and empirical studies of alternatives by developing  critiques of received  systems of knowledge and initiating dialogues among researchers,  communities, and  activists.  This intellectual move opened a dialogue with  local and vernacular practices and with traditional  knowledge linked to the environment, biodiversity, and health.

Among the Centre’s current faculty  a concern has developed around the degradation of the environment  and industrialization leading to  changes in energy deployment,  location  of  industries, and the  displacement of working peoples.  The  faculty has been involved in  analysing the way governance, expertise , legality , and political mobilization constitute a complex force field and   has also intervened in key areas that bridge the question of livelihoods and ecological considerations. The Centre’s engagement with alternatives has benefited from its participation in the World Order Models Project(WOMP) and from  collaboration with  the World Future Studies Federation and the United Nations University (UNU).

Its association with UNU’s World Institute for Development Economic Research (Helsinki), the International Network on Cultural Alternatives to Development (Montreal), and its collaboration with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Islamabad), the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (Colombo), and the Bangladesh Study Group in Alternatives (Dhaka) has been very productive. Collaboration of scholars from Bangladesh and the Nepal Water Conservation Foundation produced an important manifesto on water.  More recent collaborations include those with Lokayan and South Asia Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED). For many years the Centre brought out the distinguished journal Alternatives in association with the World Order Models Project and the International Peace Research Institute, Meigaku University.  Some members of the faculty have also worked on Asian security concerns by taking up rather unconventional  threats  such as famines, floods, riots, insurgencies, and even cultural deprivation.