A Togo Model for Student-Led Development Projects: Duke Engage students tackle development in West Africa in new Duke Press book

Thursday, May 5, 2016

After decades of seeing close-up the desultory record of Western technology-based development projects in West Africa, cultural anthropologist Charles Piot tells his students to take a different approach: Start by exploring the culture and be prepared to fail at first.

Now after several years of creative Duke Engage projects in a rural area of Togo, his students are writing about their experiences, successes and setbacks in a new Duke University Press book, “Doing Development in West Africa.” The lessons, Piot said, may offer a model for other student-led development projects and underscore how the humanities and social sciences are central to economic development.

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