And, finally, what room is there for manoeuvring for anthropological practitioners involved in development work?
The conference programme included some 85 papers presented in plenary sessions or workshops, plus a roundtable on anthropology and development, as well as a plenary session on scientific networking.
Third, we focus on how anthropology is engaged with development, as a way to introduce the papers and explore the basic question of how and in what ways anthropology could be more involved in development cooperation practice.
The Euro-African Association for the Anthropology of Social Change and Development (APAD), founded in the early 1990s, promotes a dialogue between researchers in the social sciences, as well as between researchers and development agents.
How can anthropology engage in public debate and development policy?
What are the modes and forms of dialogue to be promoted between anthropologists and development agents?
There were also many Ph D students and undergraduate students.
The participants came to a large extent from the host country Burkina Faso.
It was in this context of ambiguous and yet mutually interdependent relations that the APAD 2010 OUAGA conference was organised.
Conference participants were invited to address the following central questions: What are the prospects for engaging anthropology in major challenges of poverty, inequality, corruption, social fragmentation, violence and ethnic tensions?