Robert Siegel

Kenya Seminar:
Issues of Development in Rural Kenya

Summer 2008

*** Notes on the current situation in Kenya ***


Kenya Seminar 2008 - Documents and information

+ Welcome letter

+ Seminar details at a glance

+ Application form

+ Program Fee information

+ Course syllabus - draft

+ Daily Itinerary Overview

Links of interest

+ Travel health and safety

+ U.S. Department of State Consular Information Sheet

+ Village Hopecore International


Dr. Siegel's other recent student seminars abroad

+ The Darwin Safari 2007
+ Issues of Development in Northern Tanzania 2006

Personal web pages

+ Phil Rasori
+ Robert Siegel

Potential presentation topics

+ Microcredit and microfinance
+ Women's Empowerment
+ Land ownership and use
+ Wildlife conservation and land use
+ Public transportation
+ Schools and education
+ Mining
+ The effects of linguistic diversity
+ Primary and/or secondary education
+ Higher education
+ The Impact of Religion on Development especially the impact of Christian versus Islamic traditions
+ Impact of malaria
+ Standard of living and the distribution of wealth
+ Traditional medicine
+ The impact of colonialism in Kenya
+ PEPFAR and the role out antiretrovirals
+ The positive and negative impacts of NGOs on Development in Rural Kenya
+ The positive and negative impacts of philanthropic foundations
+ Vaccination
+ Farming or other specific industries
+ Large game hunting
+ Brain drain
+ Conceptions and misconceptions in art, literature, and journalism
+ The impact of cell phones, internet, or other technologies
+ Energy
+ Is Kenya becoming flat? (a la Thomas Friedman)
+ The recent elections impact of national governance in Kenya
+ The impact of local governance in Kenya
+ The extent and impact of tribalism and Ethnic Diversity



Make sure you keep the themes of Development and Kenya in mind.
Also make sure you consider potential conflicts between development and culture (or in Thomas Friedman's words: conflicts between "The Lexus and the Olive Tree")
Presentations should present some factual background information.
They should also outline areas of conflict or controversy in order to stimulate discussion.
We will try to weave the information in the presentations to our various outings.
They should also include an introduction as to why you chose your topic.


Presentations should be 15-20 minutes long. Longer is OK - as long as the content is good.
(Some people have asked about doing a second topic. This should be OK, but they need to be separate, complete presentations.)


You may choose the format. Creativity is appreciated.
If you wish you use PowerPoint, you may do so.
We intend to provide a computer and project (and hopefully electricity).
If you are not bringing a computer (per other email), you can bring the presentation on a USB drive. (This would be my strong preference.) You could also use a CD, or send it to yourself on email, or put it on your AFS folder.
The advantage of PowerPoint is that you can pull images from the web and you can generate text with typing (compared to say easel pads, which we could also provide).


The presentations will be spaced throughout the seminar. We will try to coordinate them with the field trips.
They should be largely completed before you leave for Africa.


There are a number of good books on development, on international health, on globalization, on ecotourism, on HIV, on women's issues, etc.
Unfortunately, many of these light on information pertaining to Kenya, hard to access, or dated.
Therefore web is going to be an important resource. This is especially true for those of you who do not have good library access over the summer.
Use reliable, credible (or at least interesting) sites.
You may want to start with sites from the WHO, the CDC, Kenyan government sites, CIA, wikipedia, etc.
Also consider NGO sites.
If anyone finds a great site send it to the group.


See above


Are welcome.
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