Population, Health and Environment Nexus: Discussions at Mbando Village

“The environment has been degraded and the population is growing at higher rate. Because of high birthrates leading to high population growth, resources are depleted and people have no option but to go cut trees and burn charcoal up the hill.” These were the words of Chief Mbando at our meeting in Mbando village in April this year.Continue reading Population, Health and Environment Nexus: Discussions at Mbando Village

From Lilongwe to Glasgow: Crafting a career path

Stewart Paul had just finished college when he attended the 2017 SFA Symposium in Botswana. “I graduated on Wednesday, and on Sunday I flew to Botswana,” he recalls. “It was my first international trip”. In fact, he’d applied for an express passport in order to attend. Having missed two international trips while studying for his undergraduate degree, he was determined not to miss this one. “During the Symposium I could sense that there was a lot of excitement,” Stewart says. “Here was a group of people from various backgrounds, from various disciplines, from various geographical locations, from various academic and professional backgrounds, coming together to discuss things that affect Africa.”Continue reading From Lilongwe to Glasgow: Crafting a career path

“Development”: Rethinking an overused word

The majority of the definitions of “development” have come from economists and politicians. SFA is a multi-disciplinary network and believes that “development” is a multi-layered word and can mean different things in different contexts. Defining this word using a narrow economic lens or implying that increased consumption equals development has led the world to unsustainable exploitation that threatens the planet itself. Continue reading “Development”: Rethinking an overused word

What does “Sustainability” mean?

The idea was to “walk our talk” by trying to make our meetings more “sustainable”. On day one of the symposium, thirty-eight participants (members of SFA) rode in a bus from Entebbe to Lira on an eight-hour journey, which allowed us to engage in what we called “Bus Talks”. During these talks, we explored what the word “sustainability” meant to each of us. Continue reading What does “Sustainability” mean?

Scots join the worldwide effort to help Africans find new ways to rebuild their communities shattered by brutal civil war

Dr Mia Perry, of University of Glasgow, says: “The choice of Alebtong district was guided by the fact that they are ‘healing communities’ recovering from a 20-year-old insurgency that claimed many lives and left most families broken and in distress.”Continue reading Scots join the worldwide effort to help Africans find new ways to rebuild their communities shattered by brutal civil war

Publication: Modelling of extension and dyking-induced collapse faults and fissures in rifts

This publication is an output of the research conducted by SFA researchers in Uganda on ‘Understanding the structure, permeability and activity of faults in and around the Rwenzori mountains, Albertine rift system’ Koehn, D., Steiner, A. and Aanyu, K. (2018). Modelling of extension and dyking-induced collapse faults and fissures in rifts. Journal of Structural Geology, 118,Continue reading Publication: Modelling of extension and dyking-induced collapse faults and fissures in rifts

Toward Sustainable Conservation and Management of Human-wildlife Interactions in the Mmadinare Region of Botswana: Villagers’ Perceptions on Challenges and Prospects

The SFA Botswana Hub conducted a trial study titled Unearthing the Dynamics of Human and Wildlife Interactions: The Case of Mmadinare Community in the Central Region of Botswana. From this study a journal paper was extracted and submitted to Wildlife Interactions Journal. It is exciting to announce that finally the paper has been published andContinue reading Toward Sustainable Conservation and Management of Human-wildlife Interactions in the Mmadinare Region of Botswana: Villagers’ Perceptions on Challenges and Prospects

Beating poverty needs partnerships and collaboration – not just money

Nigeria recently surpassed India to become the country with the highest number of people living in extreme poverty: 87 million. Nigeria is oil rich and boasts Africa’s fastest growing economy. Yet six of its people fall into extreme poverty every minute. An SFA network article on the importance of community partnership in The ConversationContinue reading Beating poverty needs partnerships and collaboration – not just money

TRENDS2017 | Between Cities and the Rural: The Role of Universities in Developing our Societies

Reflection on Conference Attendance Conference Name:          TRENDS2017 Location & Date:              Pretoria, South Africa – October 17-19 2017 Paper Presented:             A Cross-disciplinary Approach to Locating Human Wildlife Interaction in the Mmadinare Region of Botswana Authors:             Continue reading TRENDS2017 | Between Cities and the Rural: The Role of Universities in Developing our Societies

Telling Stories about Community Development; Why “Abundance” takes an integrated development approach

Written by Deepa Pullanikkatil Post Doctoral Fellow, Rhodes University Founder, Abundance “A world of abundance, where there is plenty for humans and where nature is thriving”, is the vision of our non-profit organization in Malawi called “Abundance”. We have often been critiqued to be an organization that is focusing on too many things. “So, whatContinue reading Telling Stories about Community Development; Why “Abundance” takes an integrated development approach

Building Connections: Community-Based Environmental Sustainability in Southern Africa

On the 15 and 16 of December 2016 an International Symposium was hosted at the University of Glasgow, funded by the ESRC.  Building Connections: Community-Based Environmental Sustainability in Southern Africa. The event was organised and run by the University of Glasgow scholars, Dr. Mia Perry (School of Education), and Prof. Deborah Dixon of (Geographical and EarthContinue reading Building Connections: Community-Based Environmental Sustainability in Southern Africa