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Do you take your access to water for granted? The Peruvian and Tanzanian communities featured in this album certainly don’t. This album examines how development agencies can empower communities to help themselves by introducing simple technologies, and facilitate the sharing of ideas through education. In the Andean mountains, scarce supplies of water and agricultural challenges give rise to conflict; but the changes engineered by development agencies can start to show a way out of poverty. Meanwhile, Tanzanian rural schoolchildren are instrumental in bringing about positive long-term change within their communities. However, development in practice is very complex and sometimes controversial. The audio tracks delve into the dilemma of how to deal with the different values systems of impoverished communities and the development agencies. They also show how development is linked to issues of identity, urbanisation, politics, economics, social relations and gender.In the bonus material Dr Helen Yanacopulos, Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Development at The Open University, provides insight into the educational value of the audio-visual material and explains the course structure.
This material is taken from The Open University Course U213 International development: challenges for a world in transition.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: World in transition: managing resources

A brief introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2010


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 World in transition: managing resources    A brief introduction to this album. Play now World in transition: managing resources
2 Fighting for water    Development agency support has led to greater access and management of water. Farmers in Peru have to persevere in their struggle. Play now Fighting for water
3 Learning to change the future    Knowledge and technical skills are passed down through Kamayoqs to other farmers. An example of how it has changed one woman’s life. Play now Learning to change the future
4 Providing communities with experts    How a local Kamayoq is filling the role of a professional within the community. Play now Providing communities with experts
5 Speeding up the pace of change    Funding projects to implement further change in the andean community. Play now Speeding up the pace of change
6 A Peruvian lifestyle    How the poor farmers of Peru farm and how they are adapting to change. Play now A Peruvian lifestyle
7 Preserving Inca canals    How a development agency helped farmers in Peru to renovate irrigation canals and preserve their heritage. Play now Preserving Inca canals
8 Collecting water for the household    How the women of rural Tanzania get their water supply. Play now Collecting water for the household
9 Acting for education    How a development agency is trying to educate the children of Tanzania about healthcare. Play now Acting for education
10 Educating children through drama and song    How teachers in Tanzania are using music and drama to involve children in learning about healthcare. Play now Educating children through drama and song
11 Children as agents of change    How a child is taking what she has learnt at school and putting it into practice in the home. Play now Children as agents of change
12 Using technology to change    Children are taking it into their own hands to make changes in their village that will benefit the whole community. Play now Using technology to change
13 Approaches to development    A discussion on the concept of participatory development, featuring Robert Chambers. Play now Approaches to development
14 Does empowerment disempower?    Empowerment may lead to the imposition of outside ideas on developing communities. Play now Does empowerment disempower?
15 Self interest or altruism    Do outside parties have altruistic motives, or are they moved only by self interest? Play now Self interest or altruism
16 Whose knowledge counts?    The moral dilemmas of using participatory methods, and how it may not be the ideal method of development. Play now Whose knowledge counts?
17 The status of knowledge    A discussion of whose knowledge is the most important and useful in participatory development. Play now The status of knowledge
18 Meeting basic needs    Can participatory development meet people's basic needs? Play now Meeting basic needs
19 The importance of democratisation    A discussion on the need for democracy within development projects. Play now The importance of democratisation
20 The achievement    The achievements of participatory development. Play now The achievement
21 Background to the ITDG intervention    How the Intermediate Technology Development Group (Practical Action) has helped people in a Peruvian valley. Play now Background to the ITDG intervention
22 How sustainable was the ITDG intervention?    An analysis of the Peruvian project, and an examination of its potential to be progressed and sustained by the Peruvians involved. Play now How sustainable was the ITDG intervention?
23 Studying international development    Dr Helen Yanacopulos talks about The Open University course and some of the case studies on this album. Play now Studying international development

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