How is ESDA organized?

ESDA Partner Universities

 

The eight African Partner Universities of ESDA are University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and University for Development Studies in Ghana, Kenyatta University and University of Nairobi in Kenya, University of Cape Town in South Africa, University of Ibadan in Nigeria and University of Zambia in Zambia. The United Nations University joins as a 9th Partner University, through its Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability. In October 2011 UNU and the African Partner Universities signed MOUs to jointly implement the ESDA Program.

 

ESDA Consortium

 

In November 2012 UNU and the African Partner Universities agreed to establish ESDA Consortium as a steering mechanism to take decisions and necessary actions for implementing the MOUs they signed in the previous year. The Consortium consists of a Chair and 9 Members, one from each Partner Universities. Each Partner University nominates its senior faculty as a Member as well as an Alternate for continuity of representation. The UNU Member serves as the Secretary of the Consortium. In addition to holding regular and extraordinary meetings to take decisions for ESDA as a whole, the Consortium conducts ESDA-wide activities, such as provision of support to the three Master’s Programs on education of common subjects and promotion of joint publication.

 

ESDA Chair

 

One of the Vice Chancellors of the African Partner Universities is selected through consultation among the Members to serve as the Chair of ESDA with a term of two years. The UNU Member serves as the Secretary of the Consortium. The founding Chair, was Prof. Stephen Simukanga, then the Vice Chancellor of the University of Zambia. He was succeeded by the current Chair, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi, Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi.

 

Advisory Committee

 

The Vice Chancellors of the African Partner Universities, other than the one serving as the Consortium Chair, and the UNU Rector constitute an Advisory Committee of the Consortium for contributing their individual or collective views and suggestions concerning the working of the Consortium and the direction of the ESDA Program as a whole.

 

Supporting Organizations

 

The Consortium may invite outside institutions to take part in its work as Supporting Organizations.

 

ESDA Secretariat

 

The work of ESDA Secretariat is performed by UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in accordance with the direction provided by the Chair and under the supervision of the Secretary of the Consortium. This work includes servicing of the Consortium Meetings, organization of research seminars, symposiums and workshops, communication among Consortium Members and with Supporting Organizations, external organizations and the general public, and seeking of external partnership support and fund-raising for ESDA Program, especially from government agencies, aid organizations, development banks and private foundations.