Groningen, Netherlands

Development Studies in Tanzania

when 27 July 2021 - 7 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2.5 EC
fee EUR 430

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

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.

Course leader

Dr. Ana Carolina Rodrigues-Vasse - Globalisation Studies Groningen

Target group

We invite students (advanced BA and MA level students) from all backgrounds that enjoy working in a highly international student and staff group .

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

Key themes:

History of development interventions in Tanzania
The role of development assistance, especially coming from South-South cooperation
The state of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Tanzania (with particular focus on SDG 2: zero hunger; SDG 4: quality education; SDG 5: gender equality; SDG 17: partnership for the goals).
Local development, food production and environmental resilience

Credits info

2.5 EC
The workload is estimated at 80 hours (ten days from 9-5 with lectures, workshops, assignments and fieldwork.

Participants who attend all sessions and who present a research proposal or paper on Friday will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 80 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 430: incl. accommodation, lunch during the programme and local transportation from Dar es Salaam to Usambara