The Challenges of Global Development – Partnering with the Maasai – land encroachment and women’s rights.

Event Description

Lilian Looloitai, a Maasai woman and Managing Director of CORDS (Community Research and Development Services), in northern Tanzania, will talk about the challenges facing the Maasai. Lilian will be focusing on the importance of holding onto Maasai culture, while recognising a woman's right to education, as well as ownership over resources (and her own body), and decision-making processes. Lilian will also be talking about the issue of land encroachment and climate change, and the threat these pose to the pastoralist way of life.

Ellie Richold, who heads the Communications department at African Initiatives, will give an insight into her recent trip to northern Tanzania where she recorded the work of the NGO over the last two decades. Ellie and Bath-based photographer Philip Field flew out to Tanzania to meet partners and record interviews with a variety of project beneficiaries and she will talk through some of the photographs and stories they collected, which were turned into press releases, blogs, articles and an exhibition to raise awareness.

A selection of photographs captured by Philip will be on display prior to the guest speakers.

Bath Spa’s Global Citizenship Programme
The Bath Spa Global Citizenship programme is a 3 year extra-curricular course that runs at Bath Spa University alongside a student’s degree course. The programme recognises the global perspective of undergraduate studies and aims to open up opportunities for students in the global employment market. Students on the course attend and participate in a series of lectures and debates; write critically and reflectively, take part in workshops, and undertake an international placement related to their degree course.

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