Looking for Balance Between Conservation and Development in Africa

helen gichohi

Posed as a question, it sounds like a corny joke.

Why do they need to build the highways in Africa so high? So giraffes can walk underneath!

But for ecologists like Helen Gichohi, it’s a legitimate concern. As the African continent aims to modernize its infrastructure and diversify its economy in the decades to come, striking a balance between development and conservation — like building highways high enough above the ground for wildlife to migrate safely underneath — will be paramount.

“I often get asked, ‘Why are you being such an activist?’” Gichohi said during a recent discussion with students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). “Because I understand and believe that our continent must develop, but we must do it responsibly in order to secure the iconic wildlife species of Africa.” Gichohi, the former president of the African Wildlife Foundation, is this year’s Dorothy S. McCluskey Visiting Fellow in Conservation at F&ES, a role that welcomes conservation practitioners — particularly women from developing countries — to spend a semester at the School. The Fellowship recipient can pursue independent research, enhance collaborations between F&ES and environmental organizations, and expand professional training opportunities for students.

http://environment.yale.edu/news/article/looking-for-balance-between-conservation-and-development-in-africa/

 

Register now for our return 2019 Service Trip to Cape Town, South Africa

Philippi, Cape Town, South Africa
July 25 to August 4, 2019

The Yale Alumni Service Corps is pleased to announce the next in our series of international service trips. We will be returning to the country of South Africa continuing our work in the township of Philippi, an urban community located in Cape Town, South Africa.

Springing from the oldest town in South Africa, Cape Town is known as the “Mother City.” Located on the southwestern tip of the country on the Cape Peninsula, its harbor contains one of the largest container port facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. The city is also one of the key economic centers of South Africa as well as the home of the country’s Parliament.

Amid this prosperity is the township of Philippi, an underserved community of approximately 200,000 residents located in the Cape Flats area of the city southeast of the central business district. Historically a farming community, its population grew in the late 70’s and early 80’s as apartheid policies drove migrants from other parts of South Africa into settlements in the area. Today it faces the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and overcrowding.

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Yale Young African Scholars Program Launches 2019 Application

Yale Young African Scholars 2018 Program Participants in Ghana.

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is excited to announce that our 2019 application is now available online!

With continued support from the Higherlife Foundation, YYAS brings together African secondary school students between the ages of 15–18 for a tuition-free, intensive academic and leadership program that lasts eight-days per session. Next year the program will be held in three countries—Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe—between late July and end of August.

https://africanscholars.yale.edu/news/yale-young-african-scholars-program-launches-2019-application

Africa Invents

More than half of Africa’s 1.2 billion people is under the age of 21, and governments confront challenges in educating and hiring so many young adults. But some young people are impatient, devising inventions to solve basic problems and starting their own businesses, explains journalist Raluca Besliu. She describes a 27-year-old in Ghana, Frank Darko, who had heard about children struggling to ford rivers and flooded areas to reach their schools in Volta River regions of Ghana, and he invented a water cycle with paddles. The cycle may be unconventional, but it caught the eye of his university after he could no longer afford tuition and dropped out. The university awarded Darko a scholarship for the cycle known as the Chario and launched an entrepreneurial and innovation incubator to encourage other students to transform their inventions into business ventures and contribute to the economy. – YaleGlobal

Lessons from Global Network Week in Ghana

Frank Ciminiello

On a plastic chair, she sat off to the side in a thin white shirt, refusing the needlestick. Fever and weakness were upon her, yet she would not allow the staff to test her for malaria. Only when the volunteer and her new friend—an American graduate student on a volunteer program at the orphanage—came back did Angelica even consider allowing the test. That is how the orphanage survived: through scattered volunteers, zero government assistance, philanthropic Ghanaians, and day by day. For Angelica, 10 years old by calendar but appearing no older than eight, it was no different. The food and financial donations given that day, coordinated by Yale School of Management Executive MBA student Phoenica Fitts and University of Ghana Business School coordinator Yvonne Barnieh, would help for a day or two, hopefully long enough for her test to come back and for her to start feeling better.

https://som.yale.edu/blog/lessons-from-global-network-week-in-ghana

 

At F&ES, Rwanda Official Makes Case for Stronger Policy-Academic Partnership

michael jenkins forest trends yale

Last year, Rwanda became the third of 39 countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment, an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that, among other goals, set a timetable for reducing the production and usage of hydrofluorocarbons, a category of potent planet-warming gases, in cooling and refrigeration systems.

The agreement, which struck a balance between the need for these air-cooling technologies in a warming world and the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was named for the Rwandan capital that hosted the meeting where the agreement was reached. It was approved by nearly 200 national “parties” to the historic Montreal Protocol, the 1987 international treaty that sought to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances.

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