Development Studies in Tanzania
The current state of African societies demands a multidisciplinary approach to the very concept of development. For a long time, the instrumental use of this concept and of practices in development have ignored much of the social experience, i.e. people’s understanding of their own condition. The positivist rationale underpinning the experience of development deemed a vast majority of people as ‘underdeveloped’, reinforcing a biased perception of agency and of the self. More recently it has been argued that other factors should be considered to asses development such as gender equality and youth emancipation. This comes in line with a more humanistic view on social groups and the way they take the lead on their own processes of development.
In this summer school we take a stance on the contentions issues of development in the 21st century by searching for a holistic way to comprehend different societies in the globe. We examine the matter from multiples points of view taking into account different trajectories of development and how those might contribute to understand realities such as of people living in the large city of Dar es Salaam and in the small village of Usambara, in the northwest district of Lushoto in Tanzania. Our practical approach allows participants of this programme to come into contact with individual and collective experiences of local people in their everyday life. By offering a unique opportunity to engage in fieldwork groups that will be assisted by experts in qualitative methodologies applied to development issues, we expect participants to encounter diversity, to discuss interpretations and viewpoints, and to develop mutual respect towards all forms of knowledge.
The programme comprises of two weeks in total, including a short stay in Dar es Salaam from where the whole group will depart to stay longer in the highlands of Usambara. The region is known for its good climatic conditions and it is surrounded by communities of farmers. Since the 1940s, colonial administrators, post-independence governments, and international non-governmental agencies have been trying to address agroecological problems in Usambara region. Approaches to this issue have recently shifted to address the complex nature of the problem. In this context, one of the fields that public and private actors have been working on is introducing new technologies and advanced agrarian agroecological practices to support environmental resilience. This goes along with cross-cutting actions in education, women and youth emancipation, and inclusion of children with disabilities.
The Summer School is an extension of the Minor on Development Studies of Globalisation Studies Groningen at the University of Groningen, but is open for all who are interested.
- Beijing National University (China)
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