Call edition 2012
A new edition of the Prize of the Belgian Development Cooperation has been launched. This call is open until March 31st, 2011. You can read in the regulations whether you comply with the criteria for participation.
This is a highly commendable attempt to investigate the issue of young people in a Latin American context from a multidimensional perspective. From a development perspective, it is without doubt a highly relevant study, as not only issues regarding participation and sustainability, but also themes related to ecology and culture are covered. The author has succeeded in incorporating the main contemporary thinkers from both Latin American and Western culture into an original theoretical framework and he has done so in a fascinating manner. The list of names includes not just a number of contemporary philosophers and sociologists (such as Pierre Bourdieu, Manuel Castells, Anthony Giddens, Niklas Luhmann, Jürgen Habermas and Emmanuel Wallerstein), but also less well-known and hence undervalued Latin Americans such as Guadelupe Chavez Méndez, Orlando Falz Borda, Carles Feixa, Jorge Gonzalez and Carlos Monsivais, not to mention people such as Paulo Freire. By means of a historical analysis of the various representations of young people and via participatory research this theoretical framework is then tested out against the real-life case of rural young people in the Mexican state of Colima. It leads to a skilfully written dissertation and an accompanying video document. All in all, this project deserves the grade of ‘great distinction’.
report by Prof. J. Servaes, Political and Social Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, Belgium