The project aimed to build local capacity for collaborative research and community development work by bringing university students together with NGO and community activists in developing practical strategies for involving marginalized groups in water governance, via Participatory Action Research-oriented environmental education, governance workshops, and increased NGO leadership on water issues.
The documentation and materials generated by this research is being disseminated by the student and faculty partners.
The following eight student exchange researchers were centrally involved via their own academic research:
Elizabeth Lorimer | York University, Canada
Alex Todd | York University, Canada
Aaron Saad | York University, Canada
Stephen Otieno | University of Nairobi, Kenya
Elizabeth Wamuchiru | University of Nairobi, Kenya
Ester Uamba | Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Neima Adamo | Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Sérgio Brito | Eduardo Mondlance University, Mozambique
The project implementation structure involved developing formal cooperation agreements for student exchange and collaboration among the partner universities to facilitate the international student exchanges and joint faculty research; collaboration among the NGO partner organizations to share community organizing and environmental education techniques, materials and ideas; and close linkages between the universities and NGO partners, both within each country and internationally, for placement of student-interns in practical settings, generation and applications of community-based research, and dissemination of project results in both community and academic settings.