Podcast: Challenging the “‘White Gaze’ of Development” during COVID-19




In this podcast, hosted by Oxford Society for International Development and featuring Liberian academic, activist and author Robtel Neajai Pailey, they discuss the intersections between her recently published Al Jazeera English commentary, “Africa does not need saving during this pandemic”, and Development and Change journal article, “De-centring the ‘White Gaze’ of Development”. They use race as a lens of analysis to interrogate assumptions that Western whiteness and modernity are the primary signifiers of progress and expertise. In exploring the pitfalls of adopting a “colour blind” outlook on development, they consider how scholars, policy makers and practitioners can challenge the ‘white gaze’ by imagining “a better world beyond flattened curves”.

Interviewer: Mia Simovic
Music: Lorcan Cudlip Cook

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Relevant resource links:

“Africa Does Not Need Saving During This Pandemic”

“De-centring the ‘White Gaze’ of Development”