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Reconciling 'Traditional' Beliefs And Development Ideas - Panel discussion

Wednesday, 21st April 2-4pm

McEwan Hall Reception Room, Teviot Place

The University of Edinburgh

The adoption of new practices by individuals and communities in developing countries can lead to tensions between beliefs (religion, spirituality, witchcraft, etc.) and the uptake of new 'outside' ideas. There is evidence of this in projects related to health, agriculture, and rural development. How do 'traditional'  beliefs affect the uptake of new ideas? How do development practitioners introducing 'new' ideas into communities ensure that they understand these tensions? How can and should development practitioners and policy-makers work with communities to address these challenges?

 The Development Policy Group and the Global Health Academy invite you to a panel discussion on this topic on Wednesday 21st April, from

2-4pm. The panel will include:

-            Stephen Martin, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF)

-            Dr Barbara Bompani, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh

-            Dr Rebecca Marsland, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

-            Dr Joost Fontein, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

-            Dr Liz Grant, Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh


The seminar is free and open to all. If you have not already notified us of your intention to attend, please do so to give us an idea of numbers for catering. Reply to:


The McEwan Hall Reception Room is located to the rear of the McEwan Hall on Teviot Place. Campus maps are available from:!fileManager/campus_maps.pdf

The McEwan Hall is building 17 on the central area map.

We look forward to seeing you,




Dr Rachel Hayman

School of Social and Political Studies

University of Edinburgh

Chrystal Macmillan Building, Room 4.10

15A George Square

Edinburgh, EH8 9LD


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 3892


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