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New business course explores economic development of poverty-stricken countries, guest speakers discuss Afghanistan

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April 4, 2006

Guest speakers at Abilene Christian University are providing a keen insight into poverty-stricken countries in a new course exploring the development of such countries.

Dr. Monty Lynn, professor of management sciences at ACU, recently had three guest speakers in his new Poverty and Development course: Kerry Saner of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University; Nilofar Sakhi, citizen of Afghanistan who lived most of her life in Herat; and Douglas Climan, economic counselor at the United States Embassy in Kabul.

Lynn and 29 students are exploring the development of poverty-stricken countries through this new course.

He developed the course because he believes many students have developed an interest in working with poverty-stricken countries through mission trips, ACU's Spring Break Campaigns, or they are from a developing country and are interested in taking business skills back.

The class provides an opportunity for students to explore economic and business applications in developing countries. Discussions focus on poverty from a human and business development perspective.

About halfway through the semester, Lynn wanted to focus on gaining a better understanding of how the economy, crime, infrastructure, labor, famine, gender roles and government interact as one economic, political and human system.

Saner talked to the class about the Christian world's understanding of Islam and how to work in post-conflict environment; Sakhi described how liberated Afghanistan was before the Taliban came into power in 1994; and Climan described the challenge of rebuilding an economy in contemporary Afghanistan and the elements that go into that.

The three guests spoke via teleconference to discuss Afghanistan's economic development.

To explore more about this class or to use Lynn as a media resource, call 325.674.2692.