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01. E-course : Diploma in Integrated Development (Dip. Int. Dev.)



Quarter 1.





Value : 06 points out of 18.

Work foreseen: 186 hours out of 504.


The points are awarded only after passing the consolidated exam for Section B : Solutions to the problems.



Third block : Solutions to the problems.


Value : 01 point our of 18.

Work foreseen: 36 hours out of 504.


[16.00 Hours] Section 1 : Anthropological analysis of the three levels of project structures. (Value 0.5 point)

[16.00 Hours] Section 2 : Division of responsibilities amongst the three levels of structures. (Value 0,5 point)

[04.00 Hours] Exam block 3.


The point is awarded only after passing the consolidated exam for Section B : Solutions to the problems.



[16.00 Hours] Section 2 : Division of des responsibilities amongst the three levels of structures. (Value 0,5 point)


Division of responsibilities. [14.00 Hours]


01. The chain of  responsibilities. 

02. Illustration of the division of  responsibilities. 

03. Tank commissions. 

04. Well commissions. 

05. Central committee. 

06. Permanent cooperative for the management of the project structures. 

07. Cooperative for project execution. 


[02.00 Hours] Report on Section 2 of Block 3.



Third  block : Exam. [ 4 hours per attempt]



Division of responsibilities. [14.00 Hours]


04. Well commissions.  (At least 2 hours)


This section refers only to the division of tasks. For the creation of the structures see Section 2 : Social structures  of  Block 4 :The structures to be created.


For the anthropological justification of the well commissions, see  Section. 1 : Anthropological analysis of  Block 3 :Solutions to the problems.


The intermediate administrative level of integrated development projects is the well commission, which usually represents between 1500 and 2000 people, or +/- 300-350 families. Each one usually serves 5-8 tank commissions.


Well commissions are responsible for a series of structures and services which involve populations served by several tank  commissions.  In principle they area extensions to the basic structures and services managed by the tank commissions.  


An active role of women at this level addresses problems relating to the participation of women in development. Each tank commission chooses a representative to the well commission serving it. As already explained in the preceding section  03. Tank commissions most of the members of the tank commissions should be women.  Since the tank commissions choose a representative to the well commission serving it, most of the members of the well commission should be women.


All of the activities of the well commissions are executed by the inhabitants they serve.


Remember that all public activities at well commission are monetised under the framework of the local money system set up in an early phase of the integrated development project in question. Everyone who works for the benefit of the community is paid for his/her work.


Look at the following slide:


Tasks of the well commissions.


Some of the tasks refer to the democratic participation of the populations in the project.

Others relate to the property in physical structures.

Others are about the management of physical structures.

Others refer to the management of financial structures.


1. Research.


On one page, list the various activities according to the four names groups. The  activities listed are valid for all well commissions. Other activities can be undertaken at the initiative of individual commissions, some of the commissions, or most of them.  Feel free to add other activities relevant to your chosen area to the lists. For example, the ownership of secondary schools, doctors’ residences, medical centres, bicycle ambulances, sports structures. Think of property in and management of cooperatives for the distribution of food products and cooperative buying groups......  Think of the recycling of waste which cannot be disposed of at tank commission level.


In principle, some tasks can be delegated to other members of the populations served by a well commission.  For example, the registration of local money transactions, guardians for the PV structures,  cleaning of water systems and washing places.


2. Research.


On one page explain the parallels between services provided at well commission level under integrated development projects and services common in industrialised countries , for example in the health, education, and environmental protection sectors.


Well commissions are intermediary structures acting as hinges between the tank commissions and the central committee. 


3. Opinion.


Suppose your are president of a well  commission. On one page explain how your commission would organise its relations with the central committee on the one hand and the tank commissions it serves on the other.


The activities of a well commission are multiplied by  +/- 35-40 times according to the  number of  well commissions active in each project area. Each well  commission is autonomous. It develops and manages its services as it prefers. 


4. Opinion.


You are president of a well commission. On one page describe the interaction between your commission and the other well commissions in the project area to promote an exchange of experiences.


Well commission members are chosen by the tank commission. 


5. Opinion.


On one page explain how you think the well commission members should render account to the tank commission who chose them and to the populations served by that tank commission.


 Third block :  Section 2 : Division of responsibilities.

 Third block : Solutions to the problems.

Main index of the course for the Diploma in Integrated Development  (Dip. Int. Dev.)

 List of key words.

 List of references.

  Course chart.

 Technical aspects.

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