What using Lund’s interdisciplinary approach to conversations of development

What are your reasons for applying for this programme? In what ways do
you expect to contribute to the programme?

Which two development issues of global concern intrigue you, do you see
them as interrelated (and if so, how), and how would you like to approach them
(theoretically, methodologically, and/or empirically)?

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I am looking to benefit from the rigorous academic
training at Lund University that exposes students to present issues of
international development using Lund’s interdisciplinary approach to
conversations of development nuances. Lund, not only would I get a perfect fit of education
that combines theory practical hand on knowledge of issues, I would also be
studying in a country that promotes rounded thinking , a trait crucial in
excelling in further education of which I aim to accomplish.

In Secondly I am choosing
to study at Lund in order to build a convergence between my experiences of development
in a developing nation and development thinking in a developed nation. I am
deeply interested in the various cultures, history and experiences that shaped Sweden’s
developed and develop comparisons with my peculiar experiences. I am excited by
Lund’s University’s education which combines rigorous training with
interdisciplinary approach to development theory. I am hoping to become a more
rounded intellectual who brings on board development experiences from two continents
with creative thinking and interdisciplinary knowledge to development
challenges.

 

Finally I am looking to build my
skills related to leadership, planning, management and evaluation of
development projects. I am looking to build better knowledge of tools of social
research in order to equip myself to study current development issues and build
my ability to critically analyse development issues. I am looking to learn the
skills to think creatively and solve development challenges. I am excited to
learn in Sweden as it is a country that promotes creative thinking set in a
cosmopolitan terrain with opportunities to practically apply my theoretical knowledge
to real world situation.

I bring to this programme
a rich knowledge and experiences of development issues in a developing nation. Having
grown from a slum in a developing nation, i quickly learned the ways of the
poor and their survival techniques. These experiences combined with my
undergraduate education which combined a study of contemporary development
debates and counter arguments with a practical field program has prepared
adequately to enrich discussion and offer alternatives to debates.

I also bring to this
program my considerable business knowledge having cofounded and successfully grown
two businesses. I will bring to the discussion practical business perspectives
to development theories and policies and foster a more wealth creation agenda
to solve the problems of poverty in the third world. I will also make
considerable inputs in discussions related to social enterprise development and
pro poor interventions including micro finance and other poverty reduction
mechanisms.

My contemporary development interests are world poverty and
climate change. I am particularly concerned about the impact of climate change
on poverty reduction strategies. Over 700 million people still live in
extreme poverty people in Africa, Latin America
and Asia World Bank 2015. This makes poverty
reduction the biggest challenge of the 21st century. While some
gains have been made in poverty reduction, these gains is greatly threatened by
climate change, this threat is succinctly captured by the Johannesburg
Declaration on Sustainable Development ; “the adverse effects of climate change
are already evident, natural disasters are more frequent and more devastating
and developing countries more vulnerable.”

While climate change has been proven to be realism,
its adverse effects on the world most vulnerable populations is now becoming
apparent. Projected changes in the incidence, frequency, intensity, and
duration of climate extremes (for example, heat waves, heavy precipitation, and
drought), as well as more gradual changes in the average climate, will notably
threaten the livelihoods of the world’s poor– further increasing inequities
between the developing and developed worlds (OECD, 2015). Climate change
therefore is a serious threat to world poverty reduction (IPCC, 2001).

The OECD suggests that the best way to address climate
change impacts on the poor is by integrating adaptation measures into
sustainable development and poverty reduction strategies. This could be
achieved by building strong governance systems, human resources, institutional
structures, public finance, and natural resource management. Such progress
builds the resilience of countries, communities, and households to all types of
shocks, including climate change impacts. Strategies to cope with current
climate variability provide a good starting point for addressing adaptation
needs in the context of poverty reduction.