Workshop2006 "Positive Relationships between Culture and Development in East Africa"
February. 4 to 5, 2006

21st Century COE Program "Aiming for COE of Integrated Area Studies" International workshop in Ethiopia

In 2003, we had an International Workshop of 21st Century COE Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since then, all members of Ethiopia field station who have participated in the workshop, have kept conducting fieldwork and have had seminars jointly with the department of Sociology and Anthropology, Addis Ababa University. Pursuant to the aim of Ethiopia field station: "Creation of Multidimensional Symbiotic Society in North East Africa and the Role of Area Studies", we are planning to organize another workshop which will focus on the positive relationships between culture and development in East Africa. The workshop will bring together both Ethiopian and foreign experts and researchers in the fields of culture and development. We hope the workshop will provide an excellent venue for the participants to exchange views on how cultural practice, values and social norms can positively contribute to development. We will examine several case studies of indigenous knowledge, culture-based resource management practices, and community-based technology, and discuss how these practices can be integrated into planning and practicing development in East Africa.