Issues of Development in Rural Kenya
Notes on the current situation in Kenya
Kenya Seminar 2008 - Documents and information
Seminar details at a glance
Daily Itinerary Overview
Links of interest
Travel health and safety
U.S. Department of State Consular
Village Hopecore International
Dr. Siegel's other recent student seminars abroad
The Darwin Safari 2007
Issues of Development in
Personal web pages
Potential presentation topics
Microcredit and microfinance
Land ownership and use
Wildlife conservation and land use
Schools and education
The effects of linguistic diversity
Primary and/or secondary 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
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
Farming or other specific industries
Large game hunting
Conceptions and misconceptions in art, literature, and journalism
The impact of cell phones, internet, or other technologies
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
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.
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Created: December 25, 2007