P116
Questioning legitimating discourses and practices in the international aid context

Convenors:
Céline Ségalini (Political Institute of Bordeaux, LAM, EDSP2)
Chair:
Hélène Charton
Discussant:
Céline Ségalini
Format:
Panels
Location:
PG0VS
Start time:
1 July, 2017 at 16:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

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.

Long abstract:

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.