Welcome to A Question of Development

This first video is the opening montage from Citizens of the World - the English version of the six-part documentary series called "Citoyens du Monde." The series was directed by Kelly Saxberg and produced by Les Productions Rivard. The opening is followed by 4 excerpts from stories shot in Latin America. This introductory video will introduce you to the project and provide background for the rest of the videos in this collection.

The film series follows Ron Harpelle of Lakehead University and Bruce Muirhead of the University of Waterloo, as they conduct research on project dealing with the history of the International Development Research Centre. IDRC is a unique and highly innovative part of Canada’s foreign assistance program. Together, they met with scientists and researchers around the world to discuss obstacles to development and some of the solutions Canada has been involved in funding.

Citizens of the World is a six-part documentary series, filmed in over a dozen countries and focused on Canada’s role in supporting research for development. This timely series looks at six broad themes, Water, Women, Politics, Health, Information and Communication Technologies and the Emerging Economies of China, India and Brazil, with an emphasis on research currently being conducted in these areas of international development. Filmed in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, each film examines one theme in at least three different regions of the world. Appearing in the series are leading international figures like Vandana Shiva, Rigoberta Menchu, Palmira Ventosilla, Dipak Gyawali, Maurice Strong, M.S. Swaminathan, Lloyd Axworthy, Danilo Astori, Pierre Sané, Zoubida Charouff, Margaret Catley-Carlson, Fatou Sarr, José Cassiolato, Moubarack Lo, John Biehl, Lu Mai, and Jad Isaac.

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A Question of Development

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This channel consists of short videos about some of the challenges of international development. View them on their own or as a companion to Long-Term Solutions for a Short-Term World, a book Bruce Muirhead and I edited for Wilfrid Laurier University…


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This channel consists of short videos about some of the challenges of international development. View them on their own or as a companion to Long-Term Solutions for a Short-Term World, a book Bruce Muirhead and I edited for Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Please click on the "Description" button at the bottom of the video screen to your left see the "Question of Development" associated with each video.

This question is provided for each video as a means of indicating something about the contents of the clip. Along with question is some information about the individual being interviewed.

The first video provides an introduction to "Citizens of the World," a six-part documentary series on research for development. The introduction consists of the opening montage from "Citizens of the World" and four clips from the series.

The rest of the videos are 1 to 3 minutes in length. They are drawn from outtakes from "Citizens of the World" and are designed to spark interest in research for development.

Please note that each clip has a question associated with it, but that you may have to click on "Description" to see it.

You can find out more about me and my work by visiting my academic website. harpelle.lakeheadu.ca/

You can find out more about Long-Term Solutions for a Short-Term World here wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/harpelle.shtml

You can find out more about the series at the following address. productionsrivard.com/citoyens-du-monde/

You can find out more about most of the people in these videos on the internet.

If you are having trouble streaming some of these videos, click on the HD button on the screen to turn the HD function off.

Production of this video series was supported by the International Development Research Centre.

Gabriel Harpelle is the editor of these short videos.

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