The Politics of Child Participation in International Development: The Dilemma of Agency

White, Sarah C.; Choudhury, Shyamol A.
December 2007
European Journal of Development Research;Dec2007, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p529
Academic Journal
This paper explores the politics of agency expressed through child participation in international development. Empirically it focuses on Bangladesh, highlighting in particular the experience of one children's organisation. It asks how dynamics have changed over time, and what participation has meant for the children and their families. It raises three major challenges for the current practice of child participation: the need to re-emphasise the priority of survival rights; the danger of 'projectisation', and the need to pay critical attention to the resources through which children's agency is built, and the very different models of development they reflect. Cet article s'int�resse � la politique portant sur le r�le des enfants en tant qu'acteurs du d�veloppement international. De fa�on empirique, il se base sur le cas du Bangladesh, en s'appuyant sur l'exp�rience d'une organisation pour la protection de l'enfance. Il consid�re l'�volution au fil du temps ainsi que les cons�quences de la participation sur les enfants et leurs familles. L'�tude met en avant trois d�fis importants dans la pratique actuelle de la politique de la participation des enfants: le besoin de souligner � nouveau la priorit� du droit de l'enfant � la survie, le danger de la � projetisation � et l'importance d'accorder une attention critique aux ressources permettant de construire la capacit� d'action des enfants ainsi qu'aux mod�les de d�veloppement tr�s diff�rents que celles-ci refl�tent.


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