Current and Upcoming Challenges in South-South Cooperation in the field of Social Statistics

(with Valérie La France-Moreau)

This article proposes to reflect on how a field of technical expertise is affected and could possibly be transformed through South-South cooperation. This article and its conclusions are based on literature review and our own research. Our research on the production, the analysis and the dissemination of social development statistics (education, health and poverty alleviation) has been conducted in Western and North Africa as well as South East Asia and Central America. We interviewed public servants from government agencies, for international organisation, from non-governmental organizations as well as specialists from the academia. Our goal is to reflect on South-South cooperation as a possible tool for emancipation and criticism of the hegemony of “Northern” countries in international organization and knowledge production. By examining cooperative praxis in these areas we attempt to yield information on the strategies used to claim ownership of the assessment methods and knowledge pertaining to the ideological dimensions of development. We conclude by saying that current South-South cooperation in the field of social statistics is not fully able to challenge global statistics regime and its inherent ideological flaws.

Publication available at: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-02046911/document

International Studies Association Global South Caucus conference in Singapore

On January 8-10, 2015, I joined with hundreds of scholars who had converged to Singapore to attend to International Studies Assocation (ISA) Global South Caucus conference (http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/GSCISSingapore2015.aspx). The conference was held at the Singapore Management University.

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I presented a conference on my research about social statistics in the so-called developing world. Continuer la lecture de International Studies Association Global South Caucus conference in Singapore

Conferences at the World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama (Japan)

The World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama (Japan) in July 2014 is coming soon. The Congress is organized by the International Sociological Association (ISA) and will take place from Monday July 14 to Saturday July 19 2014. I will be presenting two conferences, including one prepared with Vanessa Cotineau, a graduate student in development studies at UQO.

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The program is available online at: https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2014/webprogram/start.html

Here are the detail and abstracts for our conferences:

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