John Griffith (L), U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental & Scientific Affairs; Roger Sayre (C), U.S. Geological Survey; Maxine Levin (R), U.S. Department of Agriculture
Photo by Beth Maclin
"Geospatial Science & Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa: Partnerships and Applications"
Conference at the Harvard Kennedy School, May 28–29, 2009
June 7, 2009
Related: Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development; Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project; Principal Investigator, Agricultural Innovation in Africa
This conference, co-sponsored by the Association of American Geographers and the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, Harvard Kennedy School brought together members of public and private donor organizations with those from institutions and industry engaged in the application of geospatial science and technology to assess development needs, formulate responses to those needs, and successfully implement sustainable development programs in Africa. Its goal was to insure that public and private sector initiatives that rely on geospatial tools, techniques, and applications achieve a high level of integration in the areas of database requirements and standards, methodologies, and strategies for sustainability. Enhancing private sector linkages with government and nongovernmental initiatives already underway, as well as with ongoing academic and scientific research efforts, will help further capacity building and coordinate public policy applications across regions and themes.
Opening Remarks by Lee Schwartz, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, U.S. Department of State:
I would like to join the previous speakers in welcoming this group of select experts, scholars, practitioners, and colleagues to the what I am confident will be two days of productive, and hopefully enjoyable, dialogue on geospatial science activities, challenges, and opportunities for sustainable development in Africa.
Emerging geospatial science and technology not only comprises a field that is near and dear to all of us here, but — if applied appropriately — also promises to benefit and sustain development activities throughout Africa.
I am optimistic that my discipline, Geography, and its approach, methodologies, and tools can help address many of the most serious problems our world is faced with.
It is with just this kind of optimism for the role of geography in mind that I have high hopes that the use of GIS, Remote Sensing, and related geospatial tools, applications, and analyses can be applied by our discipline's collective group of researchers, methodologists, and practitioners in a way that will, indeed, make a difference.
As we move our dialogue forward, it is most critical to fully understand and capture the relationship between our scientific activities and the implementation of solid policies — for good governance, effective management, public policy formulation, and a more humane treatment of our societies.
There is an emergence of private-sector geospatial enterprises attempting to meet the region's analytical and mapping needs; as well as a concrete effort to establish a regional space program that benefits from the initiatives taken by South Africa and Nigeria.
Our challenge in promoting a dialogue along these lines for the next couple of days is to work together to help insure that happens.
Thursday, May 28
Registration and sign-in for Day 2 working groups Nye Conference Room, 5th Floor, Taubman building
Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Calestous Juma, Harvard University, Science, Technology, and Globalization Project
"Geospatial Science & Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa"
Hon. Dr. Wilbur Ottichilo, Republic of Kenya, Member of Parliament
"Global Dialogues for Emerging Science and Technology"
Lee Schwartz, U.S. State Department Geographer
Introduction of Participants
Panel 1: Government Initiatives & Partnerships
Panelists: Carrie Stokes, U.S. Agency for International Development; Roger Sayre, U.S. Geological Survey; Maxine Levin, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Fernando Echavarria, U.S. Department of State; Kate Lance, NASA.
Moderator: John Griffith, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
Panel 2: Foundation Initiatives and Partnerships
Panelists: Anna Brown, Rockefeller Foundation; Susan Sechler, Hewlett Foundation; Chris Gingerich, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Thomas Baerwald, National Science Foundation
Moderator: Candida Mannozzi; Senior Manager, Program Development, Assocation of American Geographers (AAG)
Lunch: Peter Bol, Harvard University, Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis
Panel 3: NGO Initiatives & Partnerships
Panelists: Dan Tunstall, World Resources Institute; Jay Pearlman, IEEE; Lilian Pintea, Jane Goodall Institute; Sives Govender, EIS-Africa; Doug Richardson, AAG.
Moderator: John Kelmelis, Pennsylvania State University
Panel 4: Academic/Research Initiatives & Partnerships
Panelists: James Toledano, Clark Univeristy; Andy Nyblade, Penn State; Benjamin Ofori-Amoah, Western Michigan University; Mark Becker, Columbia University, CIESIN; Yonette Thomas, National Institutes of Health
Moderator: Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, George Mason University
Break Panel 5: Private Sector Initiatives & Partnerships
Panelists: Carmelle Terborgh, ESRI; Juergen Kliem, Trimble; Rebecca Moore, Google Earth; Dermot Barry, Microsoft; Andrea Cook, GeoEye
Moderator: Edward Funk, Lockheed-Martin
Day Two Objectives: Lee Schwartz, U.S. Department of State
Dinner — The Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street
Friday, May 29
"Linkages for Partnerships and Collaboration"
Paul Bartel, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, Humanitarian Information Unit
"Challenges in Working Across Sectors"
Doug Richardson, Executive Director, AAG
"Keys to Success in Building Partnerships"
British Robinson, Director of Public-Private Partnerships, The U.S. President’s Emergency Response Plan for AIDS Relief, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
A Framework for Collaboration — Working Groups
Breakout 1: Health and Population
Session Chair: Nate Heard, Department of State, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, Humanitarian Information Unit
Breakout 2: Agriculture, Water, and the Environment
Session Chair: Melba Crawford, Purdue University
Breakout 3: Civil Society, Governance, and Sustainability
Session Chair: Dan Tunstall, World Resources Institute
Working Group Reports
Plan of Action
Sives Govender, Executive Director, EIS-Africa
Closing Remarks — Calestous Juma
Conference Presentations (Greater than 5MB):
- "Geospatial Science & Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa" by Wilbur Ottichilo (27MB PDF)
- "Mapping Standardized Terrestrial Ecosystems for Africa — The GEOSS Approach" by Roger Sayre (5MB PDF)
- "Applying Geospatial Technologies for Conservation and Development" by Lillian Pintea (9MB PDF)
- "SERVIR-Africa: Regional Visualization and Monitoring System" by Kate Lance (5MB PDF)
Conference Presentations (Less than 5MB, in order of presentation):
- "Introduction" by Calestous Juma (645K PDF)
- "Global Dialogues for Emerging Science and Technology" by Lee Schwartz (636K PDF)
- "Geospatial Information Technologies and USAID" by Carrie Stokes (2.5 MB PDF)
- "GST for Sustainable Development in Africa: Partnerships and Applications" by Fernando Echavarria (4 MB PDF)
- "Geospatial Science & Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa: Partnerships and Applications" by Maxine Levin (3.4 MB PDF)
- "Geospatial Science & Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa" by Anna Brown (35K PDF)
- "Agricultural Development: Overview & Geospatial Projects" by Chris Gingrich (1.7 MB PDF)
- "National Science Foundation: Some Dichotomous Views" by Thomas Baerwald (161K PDF)
- "Geospatial Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa: Partnerships and Applications" by Dan Tunstall (786K PDF)
- "Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa: Partnerships and Applications" by Jay Pearlman (388K PDF)
- “Geospatial Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in Africa: Partnerships and Applications” by Sives Govender (154K PDF)
- "Clark Labs" by James Toledano (1.7 MB PDF)
- "AfricaArray: A Public-Private Partnership for Building Geoscience Capacity" by Andy Nyblade (980K PDF)
- "Building Capacity to Use GIS in Local Government Planning in Uganda" by Benjamin Ofori-Amoah (429K PDF)
- "Epidemiology of Drug Abuse" by Yonette Thomas (954K PDF)
- "Private Sector Initiatives and Partnerships" by Carmelle Terborgh (3.3 MB PDF)
- "Realizing Africa's Potential Through People and Technology" by Dermot Barry (3.2 MB PDF)
- "GeoEye: See Our World...Better Than Ever" by Andrea Cook (2.3 MB PDF)
- "Linkages for Collaboration" by Paul Bartel (2.6 MB PDF)
- "AAG Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Africa" by Doug Richardson (2.4 MB PDF)
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