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Alliances between Global North and Global South

Ashish Kothari, Miriam Lang, Ulrich Brand, Edgardo Lander, Beatríz Rodríguez Labajos

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Budapest 2016



Degrowth proposals are largely debated within and for the Global North. Despite strong dynamics and orientations towards economic growth and Western-style development in certain countries of the Global South, concepts like „buen vivir“, ‘post-growth’, swaraj and radical ecological democracy, and underlying these a wide range of practical approaches have emerged. They are promoted by social movements, critical intellectuals and sometimes even by NGOs, small firms and progressive persons within the state bureaucracy. Possible alliances for degrowth and post-growth between the Global North and South are discussed in this panel.

Through presentations and discussion the panel will also emphasise the conference day’s topics:

-Alternative networks of production and consumption

-Degrowth as a fundamentally social challenge, involving structural changes of social practices, institutions and governance mechanisms and not just ‘fixes’

-New imaginaries and thoroughly different narratives; bringing the old concepts of community, trust, cooperation, solidarity into the new age

-Connections between global or regional transition strategies

-Commoning, self-organizing, social solidarity and participatory principles of managing resources

The logistics of this panel is supported by Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin.

This media entry was a contribution to the special session „Alliances between Global North and Global South“ at the 5th International Degrowth Conference in Budapest in 2016.

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