Sustainable Human Development

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:

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

Transparency, Corruption and Anti-Retrovirals Management

This program is broken into four tasks designed to focus on ARV management systems and policy development. The tasks focus on regional strategies for improved ARV management and distribution, development and coordination of policies at the ministerial level, establishment of a prototype to implement final policies at the country level, trainings on policy implementation, and development of an operations research unit and ARV database to assist countries with the management of ARVs. This project is focused in ECOWAS countries with the assistance of WAHO.

Start Date: 
2005

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

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: 
2000

Tulane University and Kinshasa School of Public Health Partnership - Training, Research, Information Management and Community Based Program

This project focuses on the desirability of family planning and reduction of the spread of STD/HIV infections in selected countries (primarily Francophone) in West and Central Africa.  Tulane is the prime subcontractor to JHPIEGO for the Operations Research component of this project, designed to test alternative strategies for change and to promote the use of operations research as a management tool.   The contract supports applied research, integration of Operations Research into Public Health Schools, and other institution-building activities in the region.  Tulane is also responsible fo

Start Date: 
2002

Twubakane DHP Child Survival, Malaria and Nutrition Program, Rwanda and Malaria Operational Plan

Tulane University’s overall responsibilities were focused  on working to improve access to and strengthen the quality of malaria, nutrition and child health interventions provided by the decentralized health system and, specifically, to assist the GOR and its partners to expand the range of child survival, nutrition, and malaria services available, both facility-based and community-based, as well as to increase and ensure the quality of those services in the USAID target health districts.

Start Date: 
2005

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