17th September 1999
LECTURER REVISITS COLOMBIA
A lecturer who lived and worked in Colombia 27 years ago has returned to strengthen international links.
Dennis Finlayson, from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, revisited Bogota earlier this month to meet academics from the University of Los Andes and voluntary group leaders in the impoverished region.
Based in the Centre for Applied Development Studies at ULH, Dennis works with his colleagues on various projects around the world which are designed to enable groups in developing countries to meet the needs of the local population.
In Bogota, Dennis is collaborating with Los Andes to improve the availability of water in one of the poorest areas of the city.
“The city really hasn’t changed much in the last 27 years, but it has become more commercial,” said Mr Finlayson who used to work for the National Planning Department in Colombia.
Over his week-long stay, Mr Finlayson was the guest of the research centre at Los Andes and met to discuss issues with academics and researchers.
Ideas first developed by Mr Finlayson on a project in Grimsby are being built on in Bogota to teach group leaders in different organisations how to take difficult decisions and manage situations in an unstable environment.
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