Applied Anthropology to Development Processes

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Second International Advanced Training Course on


Rome, 19th October 2009 – 19th February 2010


This course is addressed to 20 newly graduate coming from 17 developing countries (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Cameroun, Palestine, Egypt, Laos, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Peru, Guatemala).

The course is also addressed to 10 Italian students.


The objective of the Course is to train specialists to be employed in connection with development assistance programmes in the so-called developing countries.  It will cover material and fieldwork methods from the fields of anthropology, sociology, and political science. The course will seek to transmit basic skills in applied anthropology. These skills and methods will also be analyzed from a critical standpoint, looking at their significance and their theoretical usefulness. Then it will examine and discuss related specific themes such as: poverty, hunger, community, local development, and growth.


The main topics discussed during the Course will be: theoretical background to Applied Anthropology, economic development, globalization, development institutions (UN, EU, NGOs) and processes (the project cycle), methodology and research tools (statistical tools, questionnaires and surveys, focus groups, socio-economic and gender studies, need and poverty assessment), fieldwork practicing, professional orientation.



Prof. Paolo Palmeri

Scientific Coordinator:

Prof. Jan Lundius

Didactic Coordinator:

dott.ssa Serena Saquella

Secretary and tutor:

dott.ssa Maria Marano


dott.ssa Alessia Marchetti

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