EC.S11 D-Lab: Kuna Yala

D-Lab: Kuna Yala

D-Lab Kuna Yala offers students an opportunity to participate in the design and implementation of an international development project, the Kuna Yala Waste and Recycling Program. This project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), targets waste management in the Comarca de Kuna Yala, the autonomous indigenous reserve of the Kuna of Panama, with the goals of solving a regional waste crisis and providing income opportunities for local participants. Class sessions will cover Kuna culture and environmental adaptation, program design, participatory planning strategies, recycling supply chains, and small-business development. At semester’s end students will visit Kuna Yala for ten days, to work in partnership with Kuna individuals and organizations in four island villages on the Caribbean coast, helping them implement small waste-sector businesses and move the region towards zero-waste.

Course requirements: Reading and speaking knowledge of Spanish and the ability to travel to Panama. Approximate travel dates are June 2-12, 2013.

This is graduate-level course. Undergraduates my only register with permission from the instructor, Libby McDonald (

Course Information
Instructors: Libby McDonald
Semester Offered: Not offered this year (Offered since 2013)
Lecture Location: 7-307
Lecture Times: R2-5
Units (credit hours) 12
Class Size: 8 students
Grading: P/D/F