The fairy tale of eye level

The fairy tale of eye level.
Power and Solidarity in North-South Partnerships, 2016.

glokal_lay_160927_krr3.inddEye level and partnership are phrases that are often used in North-South, solidarity or ‘development cooperation’. They are meant to signal progressiveness and demonstrate equality. But do the terms extend beyond rhetoric? What are the patterns of thinking and structures in North-South partnerships? What are the perspectives of the so-called southern partners on cooperation?

In the publication “Das Märchen von der Augenhöhe” (“The Fairy Tale of Eye Level”), glokal e.V. has brought together ten activists, committed people and NGO workers from the Global South and North to shed light on different aspects of NGO structures, school partnerships, voluntary services and solidarity work. A theoretical introduction makes the historical-political framework tangible, and a reflection and practice guide supports the analysis and transformation of the reader’s own engagement.

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The Fairy Tale of Equality.
Power and Solidarity in North-South Partnerships

Equality and partnership are terms that are readily and frequently used in the North-South-, solidarity- or ‘development’-cooperation. They indicate progressiveness and demonstrate equal status. However, do these terms actually transcend the rethoric level? What kind of thought and structural patterns are the basis of North-South partnerships? What perspectives do the so-called Southern partners have on the collaboration?

The publication “The Fairy Tale of Equality” by
glokal e.V.
brings together ten activists and NGO representatives from the Global South and North in order to illuminate different aspects of NGO structures, school partnerships, volunteering, and solidarity work. A theoretical introduction familiarises with the historical and political framework, and a checklist for reflection and practice allows readers to analyse and transform their own activities.

You can order the German version of the publication [here].
Download in English:
Table of Contents [here]
Checklist for Reflection and Practical Transformation [here]
Articles in original language:
Clare Land: Unlearning privilege, unlocking usefulness – Solidarity and the Aboriginal struggles for land and selfdetermination [here]
Mbolo Yufanyi Movuh: Who is in solidarity with whom? Interview with Mbolo Yufanyi Movuh of The VOICE on Refugee struggles, African independence and solidarity as self-liberation [here]
Margarita Rodríguez Ornelas: De cooperaciones y horizontalidades [here]
Gilberte Raymond Driesen: Help expresses a balance of power. Interview with former teacher Gilberte Raymonde Driesen about colonial behaviour in school partnerships [here]