Academic and Service Domains

The international development field continues to grow rapidly both in scope and depth as globalization intensifies the interdependence among state and non-state actors throughout the world. Building on its current comparative advantages, including faculty expertise and project experience, the Payson Graduate Program in Global Development will focus on the following academic and service domains over the next five years:

Human and institutional capacity building are the building blocks of sustainable human development. Expanding and improving public education systems, increasing school enrollment, strengthening university programs and offering alternative education opportunities are all essential means of increasing capacity in developing countries. Advances in information technology (IT) have revolutionized education capacity the U.S. and have started to do the same in many parts of the developing world. The Payson Center has been on the cutting edge of this movement, introducing technology-enhanced tools for self-instruction and knowledge management to individuals and institutions in Africa, Latin America and beyond. These tools include a series of web and CD-ROM-based Greenstone Digital Libraries, each of which contains hundreds of publications on development topics such as food and nutrition, complex emergencies and disaster management, and the world environment. They also include a series of graduate-level technology enhanced courses.

Current and past projects that focus on this service area are:

Start Datesort ascending Status Project title Location Funding Agent(s)
2014 Ongoing Digital Literacies and eResources under HRH
  • Kigali
    Rwanda
    RW
2013 Ongoing One Health to Address Human, Animal and Ecosystems Health in Central and Eastern Africa
  • Kampala
    Uganda
    UG
2013 Complete PROOF Project
  • Yola
    Nigeria
    NG
2012 Ongoing Support to the American University of Nigeria (AUN)
  • Yola
    Nigeria
    NG
2012 Ongoing Survey Research on Child Labor in West African Cocoa Growing Areas
  • Ivory Coast
    CI
  • Ghana
    GH
2010 Complete Central America Free Trade Agreement - Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) Environmental Law Capacity Building Project
  • Dominican Republic
    DO
  • Nicaragua
    NI
  • Guatemala
    GT
2009 Complete Center of Excellence for Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure, and Emergency Management (NDCIEM)
  • MS
    United States
    Mississippi US
2009 Complete Technical Assistance in Support of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) - Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
    CD
2009 Complete Technical Assistance in Support of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) - Côte d'Ivoire
  • Ivory Coast
    CI
2009 Complete Higher Education for Development Partnership with LIPHEA Knowledge Center Server Migration LIPHEA ICT and Network Strengthening, East Africa
  • Kampala
    Uganda
    UG
2009 Complete Agricultural Information System: Weather Surfaces
  • Eastern & Southern Africa
2008 Ongoing Improving the Lives of War Affected Youth in Northern Uganda
  • Uganda
    UG
2008 Complete Health Systems 20/20 - Rwanda President’s Malaria Initiative Malaria Operational Plan
  • Rwanda
    RW
2007 Complete Technical Assistance to UNAIDS’ Monitoring and Evaluation Department
  • Geneva
    Switzerland
    CH
2007 Complete Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Gulu University, Uganda
  • Gulu
    Uganda
    UG
2006 Complete Developing a Sustainable Electronic Reporting and Monitoring System for HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Rwanda
  • Rwanda
    RW
2006 Complete Leadership Initiatives for Public Health in East Africa: Tanzania and Uganda (LIPHEA)
  • Kampala
    Uganda
    UG
  • Dar es Salam
    Tanzania
    TZ
2006 Complete Technical Assistance and Training to the Rabia Balkhi Women's Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Kabul
    Afghanistan
    AF
2006 Complete Berkeley-Tulane Initiative on Vulnerable Populations
  • Sudan
    SD
  • Uganda
    UG
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
    CD
2005 Complete Alliance to Harness Information Technology for Decision-Making and Capacity Building in West Africa
  • West Africa
2005 Complete Support to the National University of Rwanda (NUR) School of Public Health
  • Kigali
    Rwanda
    RW
2004 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
2003 Complete University Technical Assistance Projects in Support of the Global AIDS Program-Rwanda Supplement (UTAP)
  • Rwanda
    RW
2003 Complete Regional Project on HIV and Development: Integration of HIV/AIDS into Educational Curricula of West African Countries
  • West Africa
2002 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
2001 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
2000 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
1999 Complete Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance
  • FL
    United States
    Florida US
1998 Complete Sante Famille et Prevention du SIDA (SFPS) = Family Health & AIDS (FHA) West and Central Africa Regional Project
  • Burkina Faso
    BF
  • Cameroon
    CM
  • Ivory Coast
    CI
  • Togo
    TG

Payson has managed several contracts targeting disaster management and humanitarian assistance in the developing world, with a specific focus on how to utilize disaster preparedness interventions and post-disaster assistance to further the sustainable development of vulnerable communities and countries. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, researchers from the Payson Center and the University of California/Berkeley collaborated on a study of the working conditions facing laborers in New Orleans. Several Payson Center faculty and students also worked on local relief and recovery projects through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other private organizations.

New Orleans provides an ideal laboratory for the application of development theory and practice, especially since the city faces so many problems common to developing countries: economic dependence on natural resources, a low level of manufacturing, high unemployment rate, serious poverty and problems with crime and law enforcement.

Current and past projects that focus on this service area are:

Environmental responsibility is an indispensable aspect of sustainable human development, a fact that has become increasingly evident through the influx of natural disasters over the past decade. The Payson Center’s commitment to educating students through a combination of study and practice is especially evident in its environmental course offerings, which focus on environmentally responsible policies and technologies for developing countries as well as strategies for rehabilitating distressed environments.

Current and past projects that focus on this service area are:

The emphasis on electoral democracy that once characterized development theory and practice has evolved over time into a focus on governance, or the way political power is applied. With growing evidence that both democratic and authoritarian governments can effectively steer their countries toward sustainable economic development, the attention accorded to national stability, transparency, and regulatory quality has increased. There is growing agreement that the policies a government imposes (e.g. with respect to family planning, education, environmental protection, land tenure, technology, and micro-credit) can fundamentally influence a country’s development outlook. However, more comparative policy research is needed to determine what types of policies have been more effective in different developing-country contexts. Governance and policy issues in the developing world will therefore be cross-cutting elements of the Payson Center’s academic curriculum and research portfolio over the next five years.

Just as sustainable human development occurs primarily at the individual and household level, human vulnerability – to disasters, disease, conflict and environmental hazards – is a condition that must be addressed at the level of the individual.

Current and past projects that focus on this service area are:

Start Datesort ascending Status Project title Location Funding Agent(s)
2013 Ongoing One Health to Address Human, Animal and Ecosystems Health in Central and Eastern Africa
  • Kampala
    Uganda
    UG
2013 Complete PROOF Project
  • Yola
    Nigeria
    NG
2012 Ongoing Survey Research on Child Labor in West African Cocoa Growing Areas
  • Ivory Coast
    CI
  • Ghana
    GH
2009 Complete Technical Assistance in Support of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) - Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
    CD
2009 Complete Technical Assistance in Support of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) - Côte d'Ivoire
  • Ivory Coast
    CI
2008 Complete Improving Public Health Capacity through Integrated Training of Health Professionals in the Republic of Rwanda under PEPFAR  
  • Kigali
    Rwanda
    RW
2008 Ongoing Improving the Lives of War Affected Youth in Northern Uganda
  • Uganda
    UG
2008 Complete Health Systems 20/20 - Rwanda President’s Malaria Initiative Malaria Operational Plan
  • Rwanda
    RW
2006 Complete Technical Assistance and Training to the Rabia Balkhi Women's Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Kabul
    Afghanistan
    AF
2006 Complete Accountability Research Project
  • Uganda
    UG
2006 Complete Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
    CI
  • Ghana
    GH
2006 Complete Berkeley-Tulane Initiative on Vulnerable Populations
  • Sudan
    SD
  • Uganda
    UG
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
    CD
2005 Complete Alliance to Harness Information Technology for Decision-Making and Capacity Building in West Africa
  • West Africa
2004 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
2002 Complete Tulane University and Kinshasa School of Public Health Partnership - Training, Research, Information Management and Community Based Program
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
    CD
2002 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
2001 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
2000 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

The Payson Center approaches development from a sustainable human development (SHD) perspective, which views development as the process of achieving sustainable improvements in people’s quality of life without jeopardizing the viability of their natural environment. SHD is thus built on a combination of economic development (real growth in per-capita gross domestic product), environmental protection (measured by the de/reforestation rate, per-capita carbon emissions, water quality, soil quality, etc.) and quality of life (measured by the UNDP’s Human Development Index, which combines life expectancy, literacy, gross enrollment ratio and GDP per capita). As such, improvements in SHD require broad-based, measurable change at the individual level.

Current and past projects that focus on this service area are:

Start Datesort ascending Status Project title Location Funding Agent(s)
2013 Ongoing One Health to Address Human, Animal and Ecosystems Health in Central and Eastern Africa
  • Kampala
    Uganda
    UG
Higher Education for Development (HED)
2009 Complete Agricultural Information System: Weather Surfaces
  • Eastern & Southern Africa
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
2008 Ongoing Improving the Lives of War Affected Youth in Northern Uganda
  • Uganda
    UG
The Fund for War Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
2008 Complete Improving Public Health Capacity through Integrated Training of Health Professionals in the Republic of Rwanda under PEPFAR  
  • Kigali
    Rwanda
    RW
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
2006 Complete Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
    CI
  • Ghana
    GH
U.S. Department of Labor
2006 Complete Berkeley-Tulane Initiative on Vulnerable Populations
  • Sudan
    SD
  • Uganda
    UG
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
    CD
John D & Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, University of California Berkeley Law School
2006 Complete Leadership Initiatives for Public Health in East Africa: Tanzania and Uganda (LIPHEA)
  • Kampala
    Uganda
    UG
  • Dar es Salam
    Tanzania
    TZ
Higher Education for Development (HED), Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
2005 Complete Twubakane DHP Child Survival, Malaria and Nutrition Program, Rwanda and Malaria Operational Plan
  • Rwanda
    RW
IntraHealth International, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2005 Complete Transparency, Corruption and Anti-Retrovirals Management
  • West Africa (ECOWAS)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2005 Complete Alliance to Harness Information Technology for Decision-Making and Capacity Building in West Africa
  • West Africa
Helen Keller International, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2004 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2003 Complete Regional Project on HIV and Development: Integration of HIV/AIDS into Educational Curricula of West African Countries
  • West Africa
UNDP, UNOPS
2003 Complete University Technical Assistance Projects in Support of the Global AIDS Program-Rwanda Supplement (UTAP)
  • Rwanda
    RW
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
2002 Complete Tulane University and Kinshasa School of Public Health Partnership - Training, Research, Information Management and Community Based Program
  • Congo (Kinshasa)
    CD
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2002 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2001 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
2000 Complete IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
1998 Complete Sante Famille et Prevention du SIDA (SFPS) = Family Health & AIDS (FHA) West and Central Africa Regional Project
  • Burkina Faso
    BF
  • Cameroon
    CM
  • Ivory Coast
    CI
  • Togo
    TG
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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