Poor countries have become a global lab for the experiments of companies and humanitarian organizations | DIIS

“contrast, it is much easier to measure whether a new treatment is working, or whether it helps to give money directly to a family. According to Adam Moe Fejerskov, this altered focus helps to promote certain types of knowledge and exclude others. – The experimental regime has a belief that you can create an objective system in which numbers reveal the right policy, and thus there is no need for political processes. This has a major impact on who defines politics and political issues. If all policy is to be conducted on the basis of mathematical knowledge, then certain types of science – and therefore certain people – will control the agenda. Some knowledge is seen as legitimate and everything else is outside. This is a very anti-democratic way of conducting politics that clearly determine who should be heard and who should not be heard in the search for political solutions, says Adam Moe Fejerskov. Politics of avoidance One of the problems is that the experimental leads to a special kind of knowledge and thus some limited political understandings. Another problem is that, in today’s crises, we often find ourselves in situations that we do not know how to handle. In such situations, we are more likely to engage in political experiments with unknown effects. The experiments come to serve as a “solution” when politicians do not dare to make the necessary choices. The climate crisis is a good example of this dynamic. – The climate crisis is first and foremost a political question, but we approach it with an extreme degree of experimentality. One third of the reductions needed to reach the Paris target should come from experimental technologies. But we have no idea what these technologies look like or whether they are effective. Technology becomes a form of politics of avoidance. We dare not press the policy buttons required to make certain slowdowns or changes in our industry and energy systems. Therefore, we hope that the technologies will solve it for us. In this way, we leave not only our own, but the future of the entire planet to the politics of experimentation. Adam Moe Fejerskov SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE Senior Researcher +45 32698779 admo@diis.dk” https://www.diis.dk/en/node/25944#:~:text=contrast%2C%20it%20is,admo%40diis.dk

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