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Feb 21 2024

Shifting Priorities, and how private development is transforming aid, governance, and daily life in the West Bank

The Many Urbanisms of the Global South: Policy Nuances and Particularities

February 21, 2024

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM




412 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607

Celebrating 50 years of excellence, the Department of Urban Planning and Policy (UPP) at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) is excited to organize a seminar series featuring cutting-edge, campus wide urban scholarship and research on the Global South. A program for the series is available here.

Despite being under occupation, surrounded by checkpoints and settlements, and subject to military incursion, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is today building a state in and through private development and neoliberal practice. The putative state is almost entirely dependent on international financial aid and political support, and it increasingly and officially emphasizes private investment and privatization as a form of public service. The Palestinian Authority is working to build stable institutions in an environment of pervasive scarcity—of land, mobility, and sovereignty. Paradoxically, as I will argue, they are also redistributing instability downwards.


David López-García, PhD

Date posted

Sep 1, 2023

Date updated

Sep 7, 2023


Kareem Rabie | Associate Professor | Anthropology, Middle East and Muslim Societies Cluster