Development Elixir or Hegemonic Discourse?

Anna-Katharina Hornidge Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

In the past twenty to thirty years, the notion of ‘knowledge’ has increasingly shaped development discourses worldwide. Packaged under the terms ‘knowledge society’ and ‘information society’, different types of knowledge have been identified and discussed as crucial drivers for the economic development of nation-states. At the same time ‘knowledge’, especially under the notion of ‘knowledge for development’ (World Bank 1998), increasingly moved into the focus of international development cooperation and poverty alleviation.

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