Capacity Building & IT

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:

Digital Literacies and eResources under HRH

The Payson Center is providing technical support to the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) in Kigali, Rwanda to enhance their digital libraries and eResources.

Start Date: 
2014

PROOF Project

Funding provided by the PROOF Network helps to increase the sustainability of in-country institutional partners by providing supplemental resources - both to the institutions and individuals - in order for institutions to be able to retain high quality technical or academic staff and faculty. PROOF will channel a mix of resources in a fully transparent manner to both the partner institution and directly to its individual professionals, in a manner consistent with the institution's policies and in strict adherence to ethical and conflict of interest guidelines.

Start Date: 
2013

One Health to Address Human, Animal and Ecosystems Health in Central and Eastern Africa

“One Health to Address Human, Animal and Ecosystems Health in Central and Eastern Africa” in partnership with the One Health for Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA) Secretariat located at Makerere University will expand leadership capacity development, human resources development and targeted research and community engagement activities in applied research related to One Health issues across several countries in the region through the OHCEA Secretariat. The major activities of this partnership include the management and award of competitive research grants for graduate, undergraduate and faculty at OHCEA member institutions; curriculum development; tailored short term training; and leadership capacity development all with an emphasis on women empowerment.

Start Date: 
2013

Support to the American University of Nigeria (AUN)

The Payson Center for International Development is providing academic coordination and support to the American University of Nigeria (AUN). We are providing strategic support through development of strategic planning goals and objectives. We are providing academic support through academic reviews, faculty and administrative personnel searches and supporting the creation of an AUN PhD program.

Start Date: 
2012

Developing a Sustainable Electronic Reporting and Monitoring System for HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Rwanda

In order to assist the Rwandan government in the provision of Anti Retrovirals to people living with HIV, the Payson Center developed TRACnet, a dynamic information technology solution designed to collect, store, retrieve, and disseminate critical program, drug, and patient information related to HIV/AIDS care and treatment.  By leveraging existing infrastructure, TRACnet is being deployed to increase the efficiency of Rwanda's HIV/AIDS program management, and enhance the quality of patient care.

Start Date: 
2006

University Technical Assistance Projects in Support of the Global AIDS Program-Rwanda Supplement (UTAP)

Tulane University’s Payson Center provides capacity building and technical assistance in HIV & AIDS-related

  1. strategic and operational planning,
  2. national and project-level monitoring & evaluation,
  3. ICT/GIS,
  4. research and management to CDC (Atlanta and Rwanda) as well as Rwanda’s national institutions: CNLS, TRAC, NUR-SPH.

We also designed and established the Rwanda’s national: HIV & AIDS digital library (RNHDL) and HIV & AIDS Public Interest Fellowship (RHPIF).

Start Date: 
2003

IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training

The program places accredited teaching professionals, administrators and college professors in sub-Saharan African countries to help improve the educational systems of selected nations.

Start Date: 
2004

Regional Project on HIV and Development: Integration of HIV/AIDS into Educational Curricula of West African Countries

The program was set up as a six-week intensive course. The interdisciplinary training-of-trainers HIV/AIDS course consisted of a variety of topics that are of pressing importance to the sub-region, including: HIV/AIDS and development, methodology, research ethics, behavioral change, project management and evaluation, financial and logistics management, IEC strategies for community participation, legal and policy aspects, and learning how to learn with technology.

Start Date: 
2003

IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training

The program places accredited teaching professionals, administrators and college professors in sub-Saharan African countries to help improve the educational systems of selected nations.

Start Date: 
2002

IFESH's Teach for Africa and International Fellows Training

The program places accredited teaching professionals, administrators and college professors in sub-Saharan African countries to help improve the educational systems of selected nations.

Start Date: 
2001

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