Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies

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The Center for Sustainable Drylands Ecosystems and Societies is one of 11 partnerships between Africa and U.S. institutions of higher Education that has received a two-year funding through a competitive grant, by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through Higher Education for Development (HED).  CSDES has partnered with Colorado State University and the Center for Collaborative Conservation to develop a center that transforms higher education and creates relevant action research that builds human and institutional capacity for sustaining and improving the ecosystems and human livelihoods in Kenya. Kathleen Galvin and Robin Reid, both SAES PI's, have worked with faculty and researchers at University of Nairobi as well as many of the surrounding communities for years and look forward to continuing the relationship for many years to come

The implementation of the Center’s activities will be done collaboratively with other institutions/organizations such as; RUFORUM, Dryland Management Programme at University of Nairobi, ILRI, Reto-o-Reto Foundation, Ministry of Northern Kenya and IUCN among others. The Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and societies will have an Advisory Board composed of key players in development issues and institutions of higher learning and a Project Implementation Team headed by a Project Director/Coordinator.
Some of the Center activities include mainstreaming dryland issues in academic curricula review, short courses for skill building in dryland development and recruitment of Center interns among others. The center will also award short fellowships and grants for students and interns as well as faculty to work on needs-driven research for development on a competitive basis.

The Centerfor Sustainable Drylands

will achieve this purpose through the following Five objectives:

  • creating a center in UON which results in effective co-ordination of interdisplinary education, research and outreach supporting sustainable dryland ecosystems and societies in Kenya.
  • Developing  a dryland leadership Learning Program at the UON resulting in greater capacity of students and faculty to address the problems of dryland ecosystems and societies in Kenya.
  • Developing  a comparative ,trans-displinary Research-for-Development Program resulting in addressing the development and sustainability needs of dryland communities, their ecosystems and the policymakers who serve them.
  • Creating a dryland community outreach program resulting in greater participation in higher education by pastoralists ,especially women, for development of more appropriate innovations for dryland systems and.
  • Developing a drylands learning platform for Knowledge exchange resulting in effective coordination and impacts of education, research and outreach for drylands of Kenya.