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From 3 to 5 December 2001, some 55 participants gathered at the meeting facilities of ICRAF (the International Center for Research in Agroforestry) in Nairobi, Kenya, for a workshop to
The proposed action plans, begun at the workshop itself and to be completed over the next few months, are to be submitted by 1 March 2002 to a competitive review process for funding support.
Of an anticipated eight proposals from participating East African Universities, four university teams of four people each will be selected to attend the 2002 Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Institute in the United States and to receive additional support for program implementation.
The workshop and its follow-up activities are funded by a grant awarded by the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) and administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Participating in the workshop were representatives from eight East African universities: Egerton University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenyatta University, Maseno University, Moi University, and University of Nairobi, all from Kenya, plus Makerere University from Uganda and Sokoine University of Agriculture from Tanzania. These representatives included not only professors and administrators, but in several cases students, who reported on a variety of student-led initiatives on their campuses. In addition, representatives from several East African research institutes -- Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute, Kawanda Agricultural Research Institute, and Kenya Forestry Research Institute -- were in attendance, as they are dealing with similar impacts within their institutions and, like universities, have close ties to surrounding communities.
Also in attendance were representatives from AAAS, AAC&U, IWISE, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Gender and Diversity Programme, Beloit College, and Rutgers University. Finally, a special consultant on HIV/AIDS issues from Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa also participated. This report briefly summarizes the presentations, discussions, and plans that took place at the workshop over the course of its two-and-a-half days.
Hard copies of this report may be obtained from either AWSE or AAAS:
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Maseno University (powerpoint)
Maseno University (PDF)