Accepted paper:

Brokering trust in development

Authors:

Kristina Simion (Australian National University)

Paper short abstract:

This presentation tells the story of one local development broker in Myanmar. It takes us from the broker's early years as a democracy activist to his adulthood working for various foreign development organisations in the rule of law assistance field.

Paper long abstract:

This presentation tells the story of one local development broker in Myanmar. It takes us from the broker's early years as a democracy activist to his adulthood working for various foreign development organisations in the rule of law assistance field that emerged after political transition in 2011. The broker's narrative will provide insights of his motives, his function, and his Janus-faced position while struggling local and foreign actors and their interests. A dominant focus will be on issues of trust as the broker, in lieu if foreign actors' lack of prior proof of trust, take on the role as a trusted link between foreign practitioners and local and national counterparts. While doing so, however, he is repeatedly criticized for being too close to foreigners and their interests.

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Stream:
Opening (up) Development Practice
Brokering development [paper and experimental]