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I come from Uganda and I live Germany, Freiburg. I completed my masters course in Science Education and European Ethnology in 2004. I am currently doing my PhD in European Ethnology at the university of Freiburg. My research investigates the changing European (cultural) image of Africa and black people in whole in the face of the current structural world wide changes - a very interesting theme.
Besides, I work with the ecologically orientated company "Bark Cloth - Europe" as assistant manager. Bark Cloth promotes a natural product from the ecologically sustainable bark of the fig tree (ficus natalensis), and is moreover a income generating source for atleast a small percentage of the local population in Uganda.
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I had to leave a message for you after seeing the Freiburg address. Recently saw a presentation on Freiburg by chief town planner Wolf Daseking. All those houses with solar panels as roofs - they looked awesome. How are they to live in?
This is Joshua Kyalimpa and I want to join you on my list of friends on the research network.Iam a Ugandan based journalist specialising in developments on the Africa continent.I report for www.fsrn.org based in USA
interesting theme. On my run around in the African Technology Developement Forum (ATDF you can visist the website at http://www.atdforum.org/) - a very recommendable Forum in research & media about current issues, whose journal deals with your issue widely, I came across a very interesting aricle by Dr. Philipp Aerni which could be of great interest to you. It's titled: "The History of Education Institutions in Developed Countries has Lessons for the Reform of the System of Higher Education in Africa". You can check it out at http://www.atdforum.org/IMG/pdf_Lesson_on_reforms_of_HE_Howells-2.pdf). Another interesting article in the same journal is "Knowledge, Technological Learning and Innovation for Development: The Findings, Arguments and Recommendations of UNCTAD’s Least Developed Countries Report 2007", by Thomas D. Nastas. Find it at "http://www.atdforum.org/IMG/pdf_Science_Technology_Innovation_LDCs.pdf ). The ATDF for example, stresses the important role of an establishment of entrepreneurship universities on the african continent so as to teach the Africans business skills and a money-fabricating atitutude. The main idea is that all the developement help will not help if the fundamental thinking structures do not change. The universities were set up according to the goals of the colonialists which aimed at "producing" clerks and not at entrepreneurship. These are the only articles I can recommend as per now. However, they can also give you more hints about other published information.
Well to begin with a discussion (and I am sure it would sustain for a long time) I would like to share a recent interaction I had during a WBI work shop in New Delhi. We had very informative discussions on knowledge management and its role in sust. devt. I would invite your views from a developing country perspective (especially the Land of Africa) on the direct use of knowlede as a tool for poverty reduction and environmental sustainabilit, and the role of media and research networks (like the present one) towards achieving the objective. Any previously published works (links to the works) would also be immensely appreciated,
I am a developmental researcher based in India (interests: anthropology and sustainable development; special focus on African climate change and impacts on international enviornmental politics).
I would be honored if you accept my friendly invitation !
It is good to have more Ugandan women execelling in Science related Education. Thi used " NO GO" areas for women in Uganda for long. I only wish you well and hope you encourage more Ugandans girsl and boys to folow your path. That is the only was we can build our own capacity to solve our own developmental needs.
Wambi Michael from Uganda