Twelve universities in Africa launch first risk methods school courses

11Sep 2018
James Kandoya
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Twelve universities in Africa launch first risk methods school courses

TWELVE universities in Africa have launched the Africa’s first risk method school courses to tackle risk and management disaster likely to affect the continent.

Ardhi University Vice Chancellor Prof Evaristo Liwa

The partners enhancing resilience for people exposed to risk universities (PERIPERI U) is a consortium of twelve universities in Africa.

Speaking at the official launching of the risk methods school course yesterday in dar es Salaam, Ardhi University Vice Chancellor Prof Evaristo Liwa said the university will start offering the course from 10th to 22nd this month.

The vice chancellor said the aim of hosting it was due to recognising the pressing need for 'future-ready' skill-sets for Africa's fast-changing disaster risks.

Prof Liwa said the risk and Method School consist of 38 participants from some countries in the region namely South Africa, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Italy and the host-Tanzania.

He explained that the Risk Methods School was organised due to emerging researchers to enhance their capacities in risk and vulnerability reduction in the African continent.

The risk methods school organised by PERIPERI U had been designed for emerging researchers with an interest in the socially and intellectually compelling fields of disasters, risks and resilience.

Furthermore, the don said it also intended for PhD (or prospective PhD) students who are at proposal development strategy, and/or are developing their research methodologies.

Prof Liwa noted that the topics to be covered had been crafted for senior risk manager outside of the academia who wishes to sharpen their risk and resilience research skills for keeping abreast with new developments in their fields.

PERIPERI U being the initiative of higher learning institutions is committed to advance actions on risk and vulnerability reduction on the African continent through knowledge creation, sharing and transmission on the same.

“In view of the nature of the topics to be covered, I am optimistic that the participants from the academia will be able to apply the acquired knowledge for academic advancement and for practitioners the knowledge will improve their performance in risk reduction and enhancement of resilience,” he said.

During the course, he said, some of topics to be covered are; assessment and mapping of urban risks in Africa: Introduction to GIS&Urban risk; integrated qualitative methods for disaster risk research in the health sector and introduction to integrated research methods in disaster risk and resilience studies.

Others are understanding and managing African urban risk: advanced geospatial analysis; vulnerability and risk assessment in the health sector, advanced research methods for disaster risk and resilience studies and post-disaster needs assessment (pdna) methodology and disaster recovery framework.

The director, research alliance for disaster and risk reduction and overall coordinator of PERIPERI U Project within the consortium – Stellenbosch University, Dr Ailsa Holloway said the course was launched for first time in Tanzania and the next course will be held in Senegal next year.

Dr Holloway explained this innovative collaboration brings together teaching staff from United Nations agencies and six universities drawn from across Africa.

She said it deliberately aims to speed the development of urgently needed talents in the field by combining the disaster risk management expertise in Africa's higher education enterprise with the global perspectives of the international community.

PERIPERI U's African risk methods school is an institutionally inventive response to East Africa's rapidly changing risk profile – as the region urbanises, becomes more interconnected and must adjust to climate-related and other risks.

According to her, that already calls for new, 'future-ready' skill-sets that are interdisciplinary, applicable and integrate diverse sciences.



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