THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI SELECTED TO HOST CARNEGIE AFRICAN DIASPORA FELLOW
Collaborative Project will focus on capacity building on community based participatory action research methodologies.
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to Support Projects at Universities across Africa
Nairobi, January 1, 2023 – University of Nairobi was selected by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to host an African Diaspora scholar from United States to work with on a collaborative project on capacity building on community based participatory action research methodologies. Prof. Joyce Maina of University of Nairobi will lead the Project, together with Prof. Faith Maina from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas-USA.
The purpose for reaching out to CADFP was to seek support from resource professional, researchers and scholars in the diaspora with skills, resources and knowledge to fill the gap of the current shortage of experienced methodologists in qualitative research, and more specifically in community-based participatory action (CBPAR) approaches. The fundamental objective of this project is to build capacity of students and faculty members to engage the stake-holders, especially the youth, in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of research work. The CBPAR approaches empower the youth and other stakeholders to be partners in knowledge production and utilization.
The University of Nairobi project is one of 63 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions and collaborators in Africa to work together on curriculum co-development, collaborative research, graduate training and mentoring activities in the coming months.
The CADFP, now in its tenth year develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU). Nearly 600 African Diaspora Fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.
Fellowships match host universities with African-born scholars and cover the expenses for project visits of between 14 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance.