TechDev: Exploring the Case for Technology in International Development

Creating interventions, like technologies, projects, or programs, which are designed to improve the quality of life for the poor in developing countries may appear to be a straightforward design process. Yet, the vast experience of failed development efforts, as well as those that have survived to reach some measure of "success," indicate the complexity of decisions and challenges facing any intervention. This seminar is designed to prepare you for a unique opportunity to construct an instructional case specifically focused on technologies in the developing world. Further, this seminar and its complementary summer field experience will provide you with a set of experiential learning and communication skills, invaluable in development work, by promoting you to think about and communicate relevant questions about technology in the developing world to a variety of stakeholders.