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Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships
Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships

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Diagramming for development 2 - Exploring interrelationships

Introduction

This unit introduces you to influence diagrams, multiple cause diagrams and cognitive maps, taking you step by step through the processes of developing visual representations which have proven practical value amongst international development practitioners. These particular diagramming techniques are helpful in analysing inter-relationships between factors associated with development intervention.

The unit uses the Working for Water Programme (WWP) case study, introduced as a programme that actively addresses the impoverishment of black South Africans. 14 million South Africans currently have no or inadequate water supplies.

In 1997, unemployment stood at 37%, and 50% of the population was classified as 'poor'. With 240 projects since its inception, the WWP has generated 42,000 new jobs at the same time as creating environmental awareness and systems of social welfare benefits and clearing 450,000 ha of the invasive plants

The diagramming techniques develop skills in understanding complex situations of intervention and revealing significant challenges as well as opportunities of development intervention.

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