Schmidt Receives Grant for Pilot GIS and GPS Training Program in Africa

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October 10, 2014

Stephan Schmidt, associate professor and director of graduate studies for CRP, has received a $75,000 grant to fund a research project titled Building Spatial Data Collection and Research Capacity for Sustainable Development. Cornell's Institute for African Development (IAD) awarded the grant.

The project will pilot Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) training sessions in Moshi, Tanzania, and Lusaka, Zambia, with the hopes of producing training workshops in other sub-Saharan African countries. The long-term goal of the trainings is to improve the capability of partner institutions to gather data, conduct spatial analysis, monitor and evaluate programs and projects, and ultimately improve decision making in the fields of public health research, planning, wild life conservation, and land tenure formalization.

Schmidt will direct the program, which includes the following partners: the Cornell Global Health Program; the Honeyguide Foundation, a grassroots, non-governmental organization based in Tanzania that focuses on communities and the conservation of wildlife and natural resources; the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College in Tanzania; and the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania.  The project will begin in the summer of 2015.

Oversight of the project is provided by Professor Muna Ndulo, law; Professor Rebecca Stoltzfus, director of the Cornell Global Health Program; and Edwin MacLellan, visiting fellow at IAD. Jeanne Moseley, lecturer and associate director of the Cornell Global Health Program, will also participate in the implementation of the project.

By Rebecca Bowes