YOUTH FOR GROWING DEVELOPMENT - Young Professionals’ Platform on Agricultural Research for Development
Since its foundation in 2006 at the GFAR in New Dehli, the Young Professionals’ in Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD) follows its mission to provide a global communication and discussion platform for Young Professionals (YPs). This platform is a movement for (1) exchanging information/knowledge, (2) sharing access to resources that leads to capacity building and (3) contributing to strategic ARD policy debates, to promote agriculture as education and career among YPs.
The pillar of YPARD success is its members and their active participation in various activities. Up to now, 1545 YPs - from 115 countries and about 60% representing developing countries-have registered as members. In addition, YPs participated actively in various meetings including thematic, strategic and policy debates. Moreover, since 2006, YPARD was successful in establishing regional YPARD chapters in East Africa (Rwanda), South Asia (India), Latin America, Caribbean (Peru) and Europe (Germany).
Furthermore, 3 proposals (2008/2009) have been selected to offer grants for local and regional initiatives by YPs in India, Kenya and Latin Amrica and Caribbean region. This YPARD funded initiative is aimed to encourage individuals joining forces with other individuals and/or organizations in a country/region who would like to set up an initiative bringing together young professionals (YPs) to discuss, debate and act on key issues revolving Agricultural Research for Development (ARD).
Right now, YPARD is actively involved in the ‘Agricultural knowledge sharing, management, education and learning’ and together with the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), Commonwealth of Learning (COL), and the CGIAR an agenda for Improving Knowledge Sharing, Agricultural Education and Learning will be proposed during the CGIAR AGM08 on December 4 and 5, 2008 at Maputo. The outcomes of this meeting will feed into a planned high level conference on improving investment in agricultural research and innovation in 2009 being organized jointly by GFAR, FAO, IFAD and the CGIAR.
In summary, YPARD achieved within the initial phase of two years a sustainable organizational and governance structure, an accepted charter, highly dynamic active e-tools, and a large membership.
The YPARD organizational and governance structure:
This structure enables YPARD not only to institutionalize but also to monitor its work. It further provides a sound basis for institutional sustainability in the medium and long run. A coordinator and an assistant are staffed at the coordination unit.
The final year of the first project cycle is currently on with organizing and strengthening local bases of YPARD members in selected regions through grants and in cooperation with regional fora leading to long-term sustainability.
YPARD is supported - among other donors - by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) and Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) who are the major ones.
To receive more detailed information on YPARD and its activities, please visit their website at http://ypard.org or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
the world lecture project
Michael Fischer has been busy preparing the launch of the new website. Take a look and you will find some very interesting lectures. From social sciences’ “The Future of the Environment” by André Berger to “The Freedom of the Internet” by Vint Cerf, you will truly have the world’s lectures at your fingertips!
WAYS Africa was launched in Pretoria, South Africa on the 21-22 March 2007, with the financial support of the NRF (National Research Foundation, South Africa), ICSU ROA (International Council for Science, Regional Office for Africa) and ISP (International Science Programme). Representatives of thirteen African countries elected the executive committee and established the constitution of the organization.
Since its launch, WAYS Africa has been invited to speak at various events that were aimed at Young Scientists. In 2007, WAYS Africa attended 6 events as speakers, various members of the executive committee spoke at the different events. These events included an IFS meeting in Pretoria for grant holders of the organization, which was attended by delegates from different countries in Africa. The launch of the NRF PhD Programme in Pretoria, which is an initiative of the South African Government to increase the numbers of PhD graduates in all disciplines in South Africa. WAYS Africa also presented at the 2nd TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientist Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007. In 2008 WAYS Africa presented at the Scientific Writing Workshop for Southern African Region. Additionally WAYS assisted the Scholarship Research Programme with a Capacity Building Workshop held from 1-3 March 2008. The following three tracks were offered, Remote Sensing Analysis & GIS, Online Resources for Research and Entrepeneurship. Facilitators included lecturing staff from the ScholarShip and the University of Cape Town, South African Patent Law firms and South African Biotechnologly Research Innovation Centres, ICGEB from India, the Director of INFORM and brought together Africans from 15 countries.
Currently WAYS Africa has secured sponsorship from the NRF to exhibit at the PhD Programme Annual Conference being held in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 6-8 May 2009. More information regarding the conference is available on the WAYS website.
WAYS Africa operates in slightly different format to WAYS, in that for it to work in the developing world, its physical presence is required. As can be seen from the above, we do tend to move around and speak to as many Young Scientists as possible. It is particularly encouraging to witness the excitement and anticipation of the audience when a presentation on WAYS is delivered amongst the Young Scientists, but more than that amongst the Senior Scientists. I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked why the age limit is so low, as even the Senior’s want to join!
Henry Roman, contributor of this column, reports that he is excited by what the future holds for WAYS Africa and for WAYS; hopes that the infrastructure on the African continent will allow for more Young Scientists to interact on the website as their counterparts in the Developed World do.
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Looking for Opportunities?
As other online websites have become notorious for posting jobs that may or may not exist, WAYS members’ postings provide you with veritable opportunities for seeking positions. To check up on the newest postings, please visit: http://ways.org/en/careers/latest
We hope this newsletter issue finds you well and successful - we look forward to hearing from you!