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Late Colonial and Post-colonial Development Aid in the Dynamics of ‘Re-globalization’

The history of development aid should be central to any analysis of decolonization and the re-emergence of economic liberalism (globalization) in the Western world. As they sought to take their place within a new post-colonial world order, new states sought external aid to fund their economic and social development and to make a reality of their new de jure independence. The collapse of empires, and creation of new states in urgent need of assistance, imposed new obligations on the international community, and gave rise to new international development programmes and agencies.

This panel aims to bridge the current gap in our knowledge and understanding of the connected histories of decolonization and globalization by bringing together current research on the history of development aid in the late colonial and post-colonial periods. Each panellist focuses on the continuities and discontinuities of aid/development relationships during the era of decolonization, and thereby examines both how the vertical ties between former colonial powers and their former colonies persisted into the post-colonial era, and how new associations and experiences overlaid them.

Through a series of archive-based studies of British, French and Portuguese development aid that explore different ways in which established colonial relationships and hierarchies were recast in new contexts in the post-colonial era, panellists will present not only empirical analyses of British, French and Portuguese aid, but also the latest findings on the internationalization of ‘colonial’ development knowledge and practice. In our session, we aim to show how decolonization constituted not only a crucial transitional moment in the re-emergence of globalization in the second half of the twentieth century but also how the dynamics of the decolonization process itself profoundly shaped the character and regional specificities of the first ‘waves’ of later twentieth-century (re-) globalization.


  • Ichiro Maekawa, Soka University,, Japan

Session members

  • Sarah Stockwell, King's College London,
  • Joseph Hodge, West Virginia University,
  • Gerold Krozewski, Osaka University,
  • Véronique Dimier, Université Libre de Bruxelles,
  • Miguel Jerónimo, University of Coimbra,

Proposed discussant(s)

  • Gareth Austin, University of Cambridge,