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ALBA: An alternative modality to development

PhD candidate Khaled Al-Kassimi publishes a new article on strategies of decolonialism.

Dec 11, 2018

With the anniversary of ALBA approaching on December 14th 2018, this timely paper seeks to consider the looming impasse of development in the Global South by proposing The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)as an alternative to development project (Escobar, 1995). The paper argues that in this 21st century period of moral reduction and political degeneration, critical pedagogical educators’ worldwide need to develop non-universalistic theories of development based on peoples own endogenous local conditions. For these alternatives to be successful in implementing the communal, the paper argues, critical pedagogical educators need to resist the logic of coloniality and embrace a social logic of decoloniality that is dedicated to countenancing us to “discover ourselves”. It is no longer historically accurate to proclaim that the Third World project is a thing of the past since ALBA advanced the main breach with neoliberalism as an alternative decolonial development model. 

ALBA’s regional decolonial delinking epistemic project is identified in the manuscript as an original body of ideas that possesses non-western linked zones of knowledge informed by Simon Bolivar’s vision of La Patria Grande (Great Homeland), Cuban Jose Marti’s Our America, and Nicaraguan anti-imperialist Augusto Cesar Sandinos Plan For the Realisation of Bolivar’s Supreme Dream. ALBA is characterized as a locomotive in establishing Third Worldism or the Third World project by being identified as a decolonial performance that produced a regional development project that counterplots (western) modernity by demanding and proposing ALBA as an alternative to (western) development in place of the refined alternative development project characterizing the Washington consensus led Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

Al-Kassimi's full article, "ALBA A decolonial delinking performance towards (western) modernity – An alternative to development project" can be accessed through Taylor & Francis Online.