The Case of Uganda

BRAND NEW COURSE: Trauma, Crisis and International Development – The Case of Uganda Tamar Dekel

28 March 2017

We are excited to announce a new and specialized course that will give students a unique opportunity to learn about Uganda and the ongoing stresses it faces. Join the course to learn about the specific practices of international development and on-the-ground social entrepreneurship and to gain invaluable field experience with a focus on NGOs and non-profit organizations.

The course will touch on topics including: the international development processes, human capacity building, volunteering, Ugandan trauma and stressors, community development in developing countries, and organizations in the field of international development in Uganda.

The course will focus on women's empowerment, refugees and IDP and environmental issues and their effects on local communities. A local academician will provide a theoretical overview of each one of these topics, followed by intervention method workshops taught by local professional experts, after which the students will participate in a local project in the field. The course will encourage mutual learning and reflections between the students and local practitioners and communities.

The overall goal of the course is to show that many theories and methodological approaches that appear logical and practical from a developed world perspective do not necessarily apply to other cultural settings. In addition, challenges and difficulties may be perceived differently and lead to changes in priorities. Additional interdisciplinary approaches and practical experience are needed to successfully work with populations in under- industrialized countries.

The course is taught by Tamar Dekel (M. Phil), who has a Master’s degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and is the CEO of the NGO Inspiration and of Topaz for Social Entrepreneurs. Topaz has worked in the area of social entrepreneurship in developing countries for the past twenty years.

This course is available from the first semester of 2018. To find out more, and to apply to the International Program in Crisis and Trauma Studies at Tel Aviv, please email Nilly Palmor at

*Please note, expenses are in addition to and not included in the program tuition fees.


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