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Partnerships as Interpellation

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  • Sigrid Bjerre Andersen

    (Roskilde University (RUC))

  • Steffen Jensen

    () (DIGNITY-Danish Institute Against Torture
    Aalborg University)

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Abstract This article explores the consequences of labelling international development relations as partnerships, as has gained prominence over the past decades. It contributes to a growing literature on the ethnography of development by suggesting that ‘partner’ identity is destabilized and renegotiable rather than stable and predictable. By exploring how partnership works within a system of discursive interpellation we illustrate that donors and recipients are given a new set of possibilities and constraints in the practice of shaping their relation. We exemplify this through ethnographic analyses of the political partnership between Liberia and the European Union, and the partnership between a South African and a Danish NGO. Both illustrate how neither donor nor recipient, as it is otherwise often assumed, can univocally announce a partnership. Rather, representatives of the institutions involved mutually interpellate and constantly negotiate partner identities.

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  • Sigrid Bjerre Andersen & Steffen Jensen, 2017. "Partnerships as Interpellation," The European Journal of Development Research, Palgrave Macmillan;European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), vol. 29(1), pages 93-107, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:eurjdr:v:29:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1057_ejdr.2015.80
    DOI: 10.1057/ejdr.2015.80
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    1. Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, 1998. "Africa and the donor community: from conditionality to partnership," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(2), pages 219-225.
    2. Simon Maxwell & Roger Riddell, 1998. "Conditionality or contract: perspectives on partnership for development," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 10(2), pages 257-268.
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