In this blog post, Southern Responses’ Research Associate Dr Estella Carpi explores the implications of the concept and process of ‘inclusion’ in relation to South-South Cooperation – understood here as encompassing a wide range of initiatives developed by Southern state and non-state actors in support of individuals, communities and peoples across the global South. Estella’s critique of inclusion as a concept and practice sheds new light on the challenges that the ‘localisation of aid’ agenda needs to face to become more responsive in humanitarian contexts.
Empires of ‘inclusion’?
By Dr Estella Carpi, Research Associate, Southern Responses to Displacement project.
inhabit the garden. Shall we follow?
Quick, said the bird, find them, find them,
around the corner. Through the first gate,
into our first world, shall we follow?
(T.S. Eliot, from “Burnt Norton”, 1941)
The inclusion of the needy.
The inclusion of the left-behind.
The inclusion of the disabled.
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