Successful collaboration begins with a shared language, hence the need for a glossary. This joint effort of contributors from several teams ensures, on the one hand, terminological and conceptual coherence across not only our theoretical approaches, but also the qualitative case studies and quantitative research conducted in OPPORTUNITIES. On the other hand, our glossary facilitates communication between the academic side of the project and the fieldwork conducted by NGOs, uniting our teams working from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Senegal.

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Extractive listening

Extractive listening is a type of listening that extracts information for one’s own gain. Moreover, this type of listening does not acknowledge power dynamics, assuming that people engage equally. Extractive listening should be distinguished from equitable listening, which build on trust, openness, and action, and acknowledges the power relations between the persons engaging with one another (Faizullah and Khan 2020).

⇢ see also: Ethics of listening

References and further reading:

Faizulla, Nusrat, Farzana Khan. 2020. Who Has Gained? Moving from Extractive to Equitable Listening. The Listening Fund. PDF:

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