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Higher Education as an Asset to Other Sectors and Vice Versa
August 19, 2009 – 1:30 p.m.

Presenters:Dale Gibb, USAID Global Health Bureau
Ashley Gelman, USAID Global Health Bureau
Shally Prasad, USAID Democracy, Governance and Humanitarian Assistance Teshome Alemneh, Higher Education for Development
David Hansen, Association of Public & Land Grant Universities
Francisco Rodríguez, Universidad Veracruzana
Rosalina Valencia, Universidad Veracruzana

Moderator: Tully Cornick, Higher Education for Development

This session emphasized the role of higher education as a tool for development that can build in-country institutional capacity and implement more effective and non-political programs. It also highlighted the role of higher education institutions bringing together a wide variety of stakeholders and taking the lead on a complex project. Projects presented in this session included the Leadership Initiative for Public Health in East Africa (LiPHEA), a program aimed at strengthening leadership through teaching and educational programs and promoting public health networks between ministries, practitioners and regional organizations.

Shally Prasad of the Democracy, Governance and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Bureau highlighted advantages of using an academic institution to gather evaluation data on program implementation. Higher education institutions may be more willing to work with NGO partners than some contractors, and they also bring academic credibility to the evaluation. Thus, USAID created the Leader with Associates award, which allows USAID more streamlined control of projects. This has allowed the DCHA Bureau to be engaged with academic institutions and work towards more effective political party development assistance.

Francisco Rodríguez of the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico discussed the role universities play in helping to develop small businesses. In many cases, universities have community offices or development centers that are well-equipped to provide technical assistance to small and medium business. By partnering with U.S. universities, the program expanded opportunities for training and development and provided a network of centers to help people start or increase their small and medium businesses.

Finally, David Hansen and Teshome Alemneh of HED presented on their organization’s goals and objectives, as well as worldwide examples of partnership projects. The presentation also discussed the process through which these partnerships were formed and the process through which HED links grants with planning and stakeholders to make these partnerships more effective.

The key take away point of this session was that higher education institutions in developing countries have the local contacts, buy-in and capacity to accommodate and carry out development projects, while U.S. institutions are eager to branch out into the area of development. Smaller colleges and universities are actually some of the fiercest competitors for these partnerships, as it builds their own assistance capabilities and reputation in the field.

To view the presentations, please click on link below:
HED, Alemneh&Hansen : Open
Universidad Veracruzana : Open
USAID DCHA, Prasad : Open
USAID Global Health Bureau, Gibb&Gelman : Open

For questions related to the 2009 Education Workshop,
please contact Rebekah Levi at rlevi@jbsinternational.com