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Yonatan N. Gez

Yonatan N. Gez is a social anthropologist studying international development and religion in East Africa. He currently serves as a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and as a research fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where he is a Deputy PI on a Franco-Swiss research project titled “Self-Accomplishment and Local Moralities in East Africa”. His recent books include the monograph “Traditional Churches, Born Again Christianity, and Pentecostalism: Religious Mobility and Religious Repertoires in Urban Kenya” and the edited volume “International Development in Africa: Between Theory and Practice”.

The ‘After­lives’ of Deve­lo­p­ment Inter­ven­tions: ‘Failure’ as an Opportunity

Ambitious and well planned development projects fail for various reasons. The afterlife of such "interventions" receives little attention. But local communities try to make sense of the remains in the form of rumours and stories. A plea for listening.


Das Nach-Leben von Entwick­lungs­hil­fe­pro­jekten: „Miss­erfolg“ als Chance

Ehrgeizige und gut geplante Entwicklungshilfeprojekte scheitern aus unterschiedlichen Gründen. Wenig Aufmerksamkeit erfährt das Nachleben solcher „Interventionen“, wenn lokale Gemeinschaften versuchen, sich in Form von Gerüchten und Geschichte, aber auch durch alternative Nutzungen die Überreste kreativ anzueignen. Ein Plädoyer dafür, zuzuhören.