Selecting Approaches for Development of the Communal Lands in Zimbabwe

Abstract

This exercise is an intricately structured role-play about a development project in Zimbabwe. Summarizing a donor agency's efforts to plan and analyze the most effective measures for improving conditions for underprivileged segments of a rural society, this exercise offers a look at the interaction of government officers, non-government organizations, local farmers and specialists from many fields, as they work out the details of an aid project. Students learn to cultivate sophisticated problem-solving skills and to grapple with the complex technical and sociological considerations related to institution building in a developing country.

Confronted with developing countries. They are also a wide array of approaches to solving problems which include crop development, livestock, water supply, diminishing natural resources and sanitation conditions in a rural African village, students are forced to work with the restrictions and limitations that exist ind to consider the importance of ordering criteria for project evaluation and how to adopt a set of approaches using these criteria. In the process of reaching a conclusion, students learn development concepts such as ownership, institution building, appropriate technology, women in development, and sustainability.

Accompanied by thorough teaching notes, this case is highly teachable and is designed for all students who are interested in development or third world issues. This exercise is especially suited for individuals who wish to study the structure and selection of projects, and the measure of a project's economic and social impact.

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