The Case of Uganda


Trauma, Crisis and International Development – The Case of Uganda

Tamar Dekel

Our new course, Trauma, Crisis, and International Development – the Case of Uganda, had a successful launch in January of 2018. This specialized course gives students the unique opportunity to learn about Uganda and the ongoing stresses it faces. Students see firsthand the practices of international development and on-the-ground social entrepreneurship, gaining invaluable field experience with a focus on NGOs and non-profit organizations.

The Case of Uganda is taught and facilitated by Tamar Dekel (M. Phil), who has a Master’s degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and is a social and cultural entrepreneur. Tamar has worked in the area of social entrepreneurship in developing countries for the past twenty years.

Accompanied by Professor Dekel, our first group of students – five in all – visited Uganda for two weeks in January/February of the 2018 winter semester. The course was a resounding success, as our group attended lectures and discussion groups with Ugandan academics, visited social enterprises and charitable organizations, and even took time to tour the city of Kampala.

The course touches 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. There is a strong focus on women's empowerment, and refugee and IDP issues, and their effects on local communities.

Local academicians provided a theoretical overview of each one of these topics, followed by intervention method workshops taught by local professional experts. The students also participated in a local project in the field. The course encourages 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.

To find out more, and to apply to the International Program in Crisis and Trauma Studies at Tel Aviv, please email Nilli Palmor at

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


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