MDP Students spent five days in Trinidad at the University of the West Indies learning with local Water Management Professionals about conflict resolution and effective negotiation. MDP Professor Larry Swatuk lead the Integrated Water Resources Management workshop sessions.
Feb 15, 2016
3:38 am – I am on top of the world watching the plane fly away from North America. The sky is dark but the lights are lit up – pretty cool.
Feb 16, 2016
Today we learnt about the importance of having a third party for the process of conflict resolution. This is so vital but often inaccessible the higher up one goes in the power structure of any organization, company, or government due to feelings of entitlement or decisions made to balance power rather than creating final solutions.
Feb 17, 2016
Today we went to examine a case study regarding water quality, livelihoods and intra-governmental oversight of water, and involvement in a particular area of Trinidad. Since coming here I have seen the complexities of actual development work. I see the beauty of the country contrasted by the trash in the landfill, I see the differences in culture between myself and those in the workshop, and I see the bridges that could be made and blockages to progress and partnership. THIS IS THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT. Now all I have to do is figure out where I fit in this development nexus.
Feb 18, 2016
A lot of the blockages in potential positive changes are in part due to seeing only the system – coming up against a wall- rather than asking what could be done without constraint, and waiting for cracks in the wall to try those ideas out.
Stephanie Solomon is a Master’s Student in Cohort 4 of the Master of Development Practice program. Stephanie’s background is in multiculturalism and immigration. Her current research interests include poverty alleviation, gender, children’s development, and social mobility.