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Trust for Okavango, Cultural and Development Initiatives (TOCaDI), Botswana

Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in Indigenous Development


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This field placement was organized through World University Services of Canada (WUSC). Dulce Gonzales-Ramirez and Kirsten Junker-Andersen worked in Shakawe, Botswana at the Trust for Okavango Cultural and Development Initiatives (TOCaDI) with the San (Khwe) community of Shaikarawe which is seeking to establish a forestry reserve in order to protect the natural resources that they rely on for food security and livelihoods. Potential tourism opportunities were also explored utilizing the forestry reserve as well as the cultural capital existing within the community as a form of livelihood diversification for economic benefit. The placement's work culminated in the creation of a tourism prospects report and a database of potential donors.