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Sims, K., 2015, ‘Culture, community-oriented learning and the post-2015 development agenda: a view from Laos’, Third World Quarterly, 36(10): 1922-1943.

Journal Name
Third World Quarterly

Published Date
25 Sep 2015

Volume 36, Issue 10

DOI
https://doi-org.elibrary.jcu.edu.au/10.1080/01436597.2015.1074036

Citation
Sims, K., 2015, ‘Culture, community-oriented learning and the post-2015 development agenda: a view from Laos’, Third World Quarterly, 36(10): 1922-1943.

Abstract

This article critically interrogates current policy-sector approaches to culturally sensitive development and the manner in which culture has been conceptualised within the post-2015 development agenda-setting process. By providing a brief interpretive summary of academic debates surrounding culture and development, an analysis of how ‘culturally sensitive’ practices have been pursued within the policy sector, and an examination of the insufficient consideration given to culturally sensitive development within post-2015 agenda setting, I argue that much uncertainty remains around how to translate complex academic understandings of culture and development into policy responses. Following this, I provide one case study drawn from the small, low-income country of Laos to suggest possibilities as to how culturally sensitive development may be better conceptualised and implemented within a post-2015 global development era.