Development Safari

Does everyone want the same development? Who gets to decide what development means? This FIG pushes students to use the Swahili worldview from East Africa to interrogate dominant global models of International development.

College Connections Faculty: Mokaya Bosire







Dr. Mokaya Bosire is a native speaker of Swahili and has a PhD in Anthropological Linguistics from SUNY Albany. He has been teaching Swahili at the UO since 2012. Dr. Mokaya loves to study variations in language including dialects, slang and urban vernaculars. Apart from teaching Swahili and studying foreign language pedagogy, his ongoing research also focuses on Sheng – a mixed youth language in Nairobi that fuses together elements from different languages to form a new code popular with young people. Dr Mokaya has travelled widely and leads the Swahili Study Abroad program in Zanzibar every summer. His hobbies include Ping Pong & Photography.

FIG Assistant: Rhaine Clarke


Summer Assignment

Students in the Development Safari FIG will read the short article “How to Write About Africa” and watch the TED Talk “Want to Help Someone? Shut up and Listen!” and answer questions about the strengths and weaknesses of “development” and the assumptions it makes about people in “developing” countries. Students are expected to submit their responses to these questions one week before our first meeting and come prepared to discuss.

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 10:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.