Structures of Solidarity in Spanish Universities: The Characterization of a Key Agent in Development Education

By Maria Luz Ortega-Carpio, Antonio Sianes and Maria Rosa Cordón-Pedregosa.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The first documents of the Spanish Development Cooperation system described Development Education as “a set of actions that public authorities perform, directly or in collaboration with NGOs and others in ODA, in order to promote activities that aim to improve society’s perception of the problems facing developing countries, and help to encourage solidarity and cooperation with them”. Emitted in 2007, the “Development Education Strategy for Spanish Cooperation” took that definition of Development Education even further, referring to it as a set of actions in “an ongoing educational process”. According to this, the strategy considers the University to be a main agent in Development Education, not just in the traditional fields of research and postgraduate education, but in the whole process of training students in values, knowledge, skills and mentality. To accompany students in this educational process, Spanish universities have set up different kinds of structures (associations, foundations, etc.) linked to the University. These are what the authors of this article refer to as “structures of solidarity”. In the last ten years, over 90 structures of solidarity have emerged within the 72 Spanish universities. The aim of this paper is to provide an initial description of their salient features.

Keywords: Poverty, Globalization, Development Education, University, Structures of Solidarity, Correlation Analysis

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.43-53. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.438MB).

Dr. Maria Luz Ortega-Carpio

Teacher, Universidad Loyola Andalucia, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Cordoba, Spain

Ortega-Carpio ML, PhD, is a professor of Development Education at Universidad Loyola in Andalusia since 1992. Although from November 2008 to March 2011 she took leave of absence so as to advise the AECID on how to launch the Development Education Strategy in the AECID. Within the framework of this technical design assistance, she started the Development Education Programme that is mentioned herein. She has worked as consultant, referee and project evaluator for many private and public organizations, always on the field of Development Education.

Antonio Sianes

Researcher, Fundación ETEA para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación, Universidad Loyola Andalucia, ETEA Foundation - Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Cordoba, Spain

Sianes A, PhD (c), is a researcher at ETEA Foundation and Universidad Loyola in Andalusia. He received the B.S. degree in Law in 2006 and the B.S degree in Business Administration in 2007, the M.S. degree in Human Rights in 2008 and the M.S. degree in Development Cooperation in 2010. He took the PhD courses in Research Methods on Economics Sciences, and currently is writing his thesis on Development Education.

Dr. Maria Rosa Cordón-Pedregosa

Researcher, Fundación ETEA para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación, Universidad Loyola Andalucia, ETEA Foundation - Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Cordoba, Spain

Cordón-Pedregosa MR, PhD, is a researcher at ETEA Foundation and Universidad Loyola in Andalusia. He received the M.S. degree in Agroecology and Sustainable Rural Development in 2002, the M.S. degree in Development Cooperation in 2003 and Ph degree in Environmental Sciences in 2007. He has developed his professional career in the fields of Cooperation, Ethnoecology, Environmental Education and Development Education.

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