International Development 101 Student Blog

Through this blog, we invite International Development Students who are currently enrolled in INDEV 101 to explore and critically evaluate the key issues underlying the theory and practice of international development, and how they influence development outcomes and their consequences for society and environment. This blog is led and organized by Prateep Nayak and co-edited by Dragana Kostic.

Rampant Food Insecurity in Northern Manitoba First Nations Reserves

Written by: Leigha Bastedo, and Dylan Buche

Here in southern Ontario, people have the luxury of having access every day, year round, to affordable food. People have the luxury of choosing where to buy food, at the prices they want to pay. There are tens of grocery stores in town, over three local farmers markets and almost every small corner convenience store sells milk, eggs and nonperishable food. With so many options available, it is easy to find food that meets the budget. Unfortunately, this is not the case all over Canada and in many northern indigenous communities, where limited access to food is a serious problem. To understand this problem further we watched a documentary Harvesting Hope: In Northern Manitoba Communities by Dr. Shirley Thompson in our International Development Issues class.

Salmon Confidential Revealed

Written by: Katherine Allaby, Mary Acatrinei, Nikhel Aryal (INDEV 101, Winter 2018)

Salmon Confidential is a documentary released in 2013, both written and directed by Twyla Roscovich.  It was received with mixed reactions and given a 7.6 rating on IMBD (“Salmon Confidential (2013) - IMDb,” n.d.). The film followed biologist Alexandra Morton as she traveled throughout British Columbia (BC), hoping to solve the issue as to why there had been such a drastic decline in wild salmon in the province. Morton discovered that large quantities of wild salmon in BC were dying and also testing positive for dangerous European viruses such as Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA), Salmon Alpha Virus, and Piscine Reovirus. The root cause of salmon infestation seemed to be the proliferation of salmon farms throughout BC Fraser River and its tributaries. The decline in the wild salmon first began occurring in the 1990s, when a sudden drop in the quantity of the wild salmon was observed. The video showed that not only was there a large number of salmon contracting the viruses and dying, but that the Canadian government seemed to be turning a blind eye to the issue, treating the salmon deaths as natural.

Food Security in Southern African Cities

by: Catalina Ching, Lena Nguyen, Anne Cheyne, Zhe Tang

Indigenous, Indignant

By: Karen Haylas, Matina Kamdar, Hannah Tellier, Tyler Vynckier

Migration Rations Nations

by: Lorene Tan, Riley McLaughlin, Yunizzee De Guzman, James Kim

Cultural Pluralism: A Mosaic for Development

by: Briley Deiter, Emilie McGill Rouleau, Riley Wallace 

Culture Caught in the Crossfires of ‘Development’

By: Ali Anwar, Daniel Dorsk, Maggie (Muzhi) Chang, Hailey Briggs

The Politics surrounding Sockeye Salmon fishing in BC: Implications for the local population and Canadians at large

Written by: Kealan Branellec, Nadia Nikpour-Badr, Kelsey Hewitt, Zack Ahmed

A Case Study of the Chilika Lagoon: The Deterioration of a distinct ecosystem

The outline of this International Development course (INDEV 101), allowed the participating students to explore the various theoretical and practical approaches to critical development issues that different countries face. This course consisted of a divide between informal lectures and case studies. Often, these case studies were introduced to the class by guest speakers or by educational documentaries.

Governance is off the hook: Managing community fisheries through good environmental governance

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