IDSA02 Orientation Session and Introduction to Course Objectives

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Orientation session for IDSA02 (Winter 2014) Experiencing Development in Africa

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IDSA02 Orientation Session and Introduction to Course Objectives

  1. 1. IDSA02H3 2014 Experiencing Development in Africa
  2. 2. Agenda • • • • • • • Course objectives History and purpose of the course Learning expectations Class format Key activities Evaluations Student involvement
  3. 3. Course Objectives • Understanding the complexity of economic, social, political, and organizational issues that act as barriers to development in African countries; • The reality of working with partners in capacity building in a developing country setting; • The skills - including research, proposal writing, presentations, collaboration, event planning, fund-raising - that are needed to move development projects forward.
  4. 4. History of the course • Joint course with African Studies Program • An experiment with experiential learning at the first year level • Student-centre and problem-based learning • Thematic approach • Partnership with CAABWA
  5. 5. http://www.caabwa.com/
  6. 6. Models of learning • Traditional class-room based • Service learning – Community based – Travel abroad – Internship – “Voluntourism” • Co-op • Life-long learning
  7. 7. Evaluation
  8. 8. Why Africa?
  9. 9. Myths and Perception
  10. 10. Which Africa? “a continent of opportunity— the last emerging investment frontier” Kofi Annan
  11. 11. Kofi Annan Former Secretary General of the UN “ Real GDP [in Africa] grew by nearly 5% annually between 2000 and 2008 – twice the level of the previous two decades; According to the African Development Bank, 6 African countries are forecast to enjoy growth this year above seven per cent; 15 countries above five per cent; and 27 countries above three per cent; Direct foreign investment has soared from $9 billion in 2000 to $52 billion in 2011; The IMF [predicts] the continent will have as many as seven of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world over the next decade.” http://kofiannanfoundation.org/newsroom/speeches/2011/02/future-africa
  12. 12. Dambisa Moyo
  13. 13. French map of Africa c. 1911 with colonial claims. British possessions are in yellow; French possessions in pink; Belgian in orange; German in green; Portuguese in purple; Italian in striped pink; Spanish in striped orange; independent Ethiopia in brown http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Scramble_for_Africa
  14. 14. http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/africa/africaa.htm
  15. 15. http://exploringafrica.matrix.msu.edu/teachers/curriculum/m5/activity5.php
  16. 16. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/interactive/2011/jul/11/a-political-history-ofafrica-interactive
  17. 17. http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_ the_danger_of_a_single_story.html
  18. 18. Why NGOs?
  19. 19. http://theglobaljournal.net/top100NGOs/
  20. 20. Just 2.6% of articles on Wikipedia are about Africa despite the continent containing 14% of the world's population http://geography.oii.ox.ac.uk/#information-imbalance-africa-on-wikipedia
  21. 21. Impact of powerful foundations?
  22. 22. A Rising Wave of Criticism?
  23. 23. Some iNGOs we will be visiting
  24. 24. http://www.savethechildren.ca/page.aspx?pid=469
  25. 25. http://plancanada.ca

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