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  • Seek to understand & respect another way of lifeDevelop partnerships where values and long term direction are sharedIdentify ways to improve the quality of life that benefit both partiesLearn from the experienceA career of rewarding work that improves the international standard of life.
  • You will get out of this experience what you put into it.To get into grad school
  • Who I am
  • Geography is a specific experience that shapes your expectations and way of thinking. My comments are based on these personal experiences and there will be ways that you cannot generalize them!
  • “Don’t drink the...” (Water)“Wash your ...” (Hands)“Choose safe transportation”“Drink...” (Responsibly)“Have an emergency plan”“Tell people where you are going”“When in Rome do as the ______”What is the biggest difference between Ghana and Cameroon?MediaEmpowermentA day in my life in rural Ghana.
  • How do I ask for advice in this culture – who do I ask it from, and how is it delivered?Ghana – Mother Mary at the Health centre. Ask her how to give a gift to the family I am staying with. Goats.
  • Value of experiencing the culture by participating in activities
  • Mapping – You mention and make note of what is important to you, what you notice, according to your experience, your bias.
  • PHAST developed by the WTO
  • Caritas Switzerland for kenya Photo
  • GO through the change in the way you percieve wealth after 1 month overseas. Living situation in Ghana. With electricity.
  • And what is their context?
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    • 1. Development in the Field
      Sarah Lewis, B.A. Economics. September 24, 2010
      for INDEV University of Waterloo
    • 2. After surviving the travel to your destination, organizing accommodations, testing the local cuisine and meeting a few people, it is your first day at work.
      Why are you here?
    • 3. Reasons for being in Ghana (2007)
      To be a catalyst for human development
      To experience a new culture
      To learn how to best contribute to human development throughout my career
      One thing is certain, your understanding of the world is about to change
    • 4. Presentation Outline
      Introduction
      Living and learning
      Field work
      Conclusions
      Traditional ceremony at home in Tongo, UER
    • 5. Geography of my Experience
      Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario
      University of Waterloo Undergraduate Studies
      Nipigon, Ontario Canada
      Economic Development Officer
      Cameroon, Central Africa
      PHAST Water and Sanitation
      Ghana, West Africa
      Agriculture As A Business
    • 6. Living and Working in the Developing World
      Your profile as a foreigner impacts community trust & learning
      Where you live
      How you dress
      How you act
      Use common sense
      Culture shock
      Water & sanitation
      Personal safety
      Traffic
      Health care
      Reverse culture shock
      Enjoy yourself!
      Charity in the courtyard in Tongo, UER Ghana
    • 7. Accelerated Learning
      Information is found in the people
      Active listening, Careful questioning,
      Experiential learning, transect walk, mapping
      Crosschecking for accuracy
      “the important information is likely to be that which one does not know that one does not know.”
      – Eric Dudley (1993)
    • 8. Village Stay: Experiencial Learning
      Stirring TuoZafi with Justa’s family
    • 9. Mapping – Nipigon example
      We map what we think is significant. For example, this map centers around roadways, work and home sites. In a mapping exercise, a group develops a map collaboratively and identify sites that are significant to the community.
    • 10. Field Work... Excited?!
      “The successful field worker who is capable of stimulating and supporting well-rounded, community-based integrated rural development has to be a kind of renaissance generalist.
      Over stretched and under-resourced, the field worker must juggle the issues and strike pragmatic compromises between policies which tend to come to the field in the form of contradictory messages. “
      - Eric Dudley, The Critical Villager
    • 11. Cameroon: Water and Sanitation
      Partner: Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) and Projet intégré pour la promotion de l'auto-développement (PIPAD) a local organisation in Cameroon 2004
      Objective: Reduction of waterborne disease, improved sanitation conditions, construction and community management of latrines
      Funding: Association of Italian Churches, Medical donations from Italy, Engineers Without Borders, CIDA, FAO
      Activities: Participatory Health and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) program implementation, Project planning and fundraising workshops for community leaders, Evaluation of latrine building project
      Results: Partnership terminated
    • 12. Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) Approach
      Behaviour change to improve health and reduce waterborne disease
    • 13. PHAST Approach
      Developed by the World Health Organization, for more info, follow the link:
      World Health Organization_PHAST
      Participatory Health and Sanitation Transformation has three main objectives:
      The promotion of improved hygiene behaviour.
      The promotion of improvements in sanitation.
      Community management of water and sanitation facilities.
      It does this by:
      Demonstrating the relationship between sanitation and health status.
      Increasing the self esteem of community members.
      Empowering the community to plan environmental improvements and to own and operate water and sanitation facilities.
    • 14. Project Challenges
      Organizational management in PIPAD & continuity between EWB volunteers
      Politics of latrine location and access
      Identifying barriers
      to hygiene/sanitation
      Germ theory of
      disease
    • 15. Ghana: Agricultural Development
      Partner: EWB Canada and the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture 2007-2008
      Objective: Food security, Dissemination of technology, Disaster relief
      Project: Agriculture as a Business
      Activities: Development of the Agriculture As a Business program with farmer groups and AEAs, Evaluation of profitability of small scale vegetable farmers, Drought and flood impact report
      Results: (EWB report)
    • 16. Moving to a new equilibrium state
      Developed the Agriculture as a Business Program
      If the stages of farming development are like snakes and ladders...
      We create ladders
    • 17. Engineers Without Borders Annual Report 2009
    • 18. Project Challenges
      Competing demands on the Ministry of Food and Agriculture as an implementing agency
      Identifying barriers to agricultural development
      History of financial
      incentives from
      past donors
    • 19. Field Work: Who is Poor?
      “I know that a family is poor when I see the boy carrying a goat to the market to sell every week in the dry season when the prices are low. It means that they are selling stock for food in desperation.”
      Introduction to a Household’s balance sheet
    • 20. Field WorkWho are “target beneficiaries”?
      Do we know how to identify these groups, what their
      interests are, and what approach will be understandable?
    • 21. Field WorkCompetingto implement development
      International institutions
      Foreign governments
      National & local government
      International charities
      International development org.
      Local not for profit org.
      ... field workers
    • 22. How change may not happen
      Development workers aim to create positive change, to move from to
      Right : When our work is not aligned with the interest of the intended beneficiary, the project outputs/targets may be “achieved”, ie. Goats were distributed in a ‘goat giving program’, but the situation has not actually shifted to a more positive state
      Left: When our work is aligned with the interest of the intended beneficiary, the achievement of the project objectives will more likely have lead to a positive change
    • 23. After living and working in the developing world for 8 months, it is your first day back in Canada.
      What has been achieved?
      Did you have fun?

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