Various activities carried out in the aid sector in Africa are most of the time strongly related to specific orders and rarely questioned by professional actors working in this sector. This panel aims at exploring the diversity of legitimating practices and discourses in this sector.
Various activities carried out in the aid sector in Africa are most of the time strongly related to a certain cultural, economic or ideological order and rarely questioned by professional actors working in this sector (public officers, independent consultants). It looks like practices in the international aid and development world were actually part of legitimation processes and in this way enforcing such orders. At a time when governance models and policy making patterns are strongly based on participative and partnership logics, it is important to question the ways and means of legitimating process as modes of consensus or consents making, connivance or convergence of views, or appropriation.
This panel aims at exploring the diversity of legitimating practices and discourses in the area of international aid and development, which actually contributes to entrench social orders produced by international aid institutions. Based on empirical studies, contributions will help to review and analyses various non-exclusive means of legitimation (institutional, communicational or socio-professional tools and technics), places of legitimation (where and how they are produced and received) as well as specific themes and topics but also new legitimating processes.