Introduction: historicising and decolonising international cooperation for development

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Rafael Domínguez, Director de la Cátedra COIBA and Simone Lucatello, Profesor-investigador, Instituto Mora, Centro Público de Investigación del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT) de México

The aim of this introductory paper is to contextualise, via a historiographical reflection, the nine papers selected for this special edition of Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, which focuses on “using past international cooperation to rethink development”, prioritising “alternative critical approaches”. As the historical perspective is missing from most publications in this shared field of Development Studies and International Relations, this introduction presents original works - for their empirical, comparative and/or theoretical contribution - in contrast to the prevailing interpretative frameworks (interdependentist from International Relations, and problem-solving from Development Studies), giving a voice to authors and problems from the countries of the South both as aid recipients and as cooperation providers.

Key words: international cooperation, development, critical realism, historical analysis


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