Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative

The Africa Initiative was a project which ended in 2008, we have no affiliation with those associated with the project; however, these are the final thoughts provided by the previous owner of this web domain for those of you who are looking for information regarding the Africa- U.S Higher Education Initiative:

Africa- U.S Higher Education Initiative

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From September 24 to October 29, 2008, the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative e-consultation took place on this site. For more information about the Initiative, click here.

The e-consultation had several purposes. First, it was chance for stakeholders to share ideas and best practices on higher education capacity building. Second, this consultation served to inform the Initiative's long-term plans. Finally, the responses collected served to influence the Initiative's first Request for Applications (RFA) for twenty $50,000 capacity building planning grants, funded by the U.S.

The consultation focused around four topics:

Part one of the final summary of the main points we have taken from this consultation was sent out via email and posted to the forum on November 14, 2008. Part two of the final summary will be available shortly and will explain how the e-consultation influenced the RFA.

We thank you for your thoughtful and constructive feedback. We are very excited about the long-term prospects of this effort and know that your insights and input will strengthen the program as well as our ability to advocate for greater investment in African higher education capacity development.

Again, we truly appreciate your thoughtful participation in the consultation and we look forward to seeing the proposals that will emerge through the planning grant competition.

The New Africa Initiative

The Africa Initiative is a place where Canadians can voice their concern for the issues surrounding Africa’s environment. Many Canadian companies feel helpless to assist such a stunning continent despite their best efforts and we would like to help to be the soap box for positive change.

Africa Environmental Sustainability

Clean Drinking Water

The continent of Africa has a major issue with safe water and sanitation. Clean water and proper sanitation are a human right, in the sub-Saharan Africa 4 out of 5 children have to walk over 15 minutes or drink surface water.

UNICEF has stated that “a child dies every 15 seconds from disease attributable to unsafe drinking water, deplorable sanitation or poor hygiene.”

Junk Removal Vancouver has spoken out about over consumption here in Vancouver resulting in landfills being flooded with trash that doesn’t need to end up there. As Africa’s population continues to rise, they too will face further landfill and trash issues. Proper sanitation and management of these landfill’s water runoff is something that is top of mind for this company as they see the struggles British Columbians face with this despite strict regulation.

Deforestation

During the 90’s Africa lost about 53 million hectares of forested areas. This impacts the soil, ecosystem and water in the area. It’s expected that Africa will face severe implications from global warming. The already warm climate and lack of rain will only be exacerbated with the rising temperatures. This is only going to further add challenges to the already struggling countries facing issues with AIDS, Malaria and Starvation.

One of our supporters of this initiative, who feels strongly about environmentally sustainable practices, believes this sort of unsustainable deforestation of the entire continent is only going to further increase the challenges it faces over the next 10 years as the desertification will intensify. Creating positive change in our practices at home, setting a good example for the rest of the world to follow is a simple first step we can take.

Extraction of Natural Resources

Africa is known for having an abundance of minerals like diamonds, gold and oil. The unsustainable practices which are used to take these resources out of the land have created a vast amount of space rendered to be un usable. In addition, surface and ground water has been further contaminated.

Animal Poaching

According to the infographic at awf.org the Black Rhino and Mountain Gorilla are critically endangered, the Grevy Zebra is endangered and the African Elephant and lion are considered to be vulnerable. The main reason for poaching is for unsubstantiated medical benefits primarily used in China. One of the unfortunate truths about poaching is that the people in the area are often so impoverished that poaching is one of the few means to making money.

Solutions

Africa has a wide variety of problems which cannot be solved with a ‘silver bullet’; these problems require careful planning and cooperation through multiple different levels, ranging from the communities in Africa and Internationally all the way up to the highest levels of government.

Thank You for Your Interest in teh Africa-US Higher Education Initiative