African Network of Earth Science Institutions (ANESI)

UNESCO, with the four-year funding (2014-2017) from Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA), facilitated the organization of ANESI which became fully operational in 2015. The ANESI secretariat is based in the UNESCO Regional Office in Nairobi and is currently implementing a series of activities to facilitate exchange and collaboration for high quality research and capacity building exercises in Africa. In doing so, ANESI has promoted the use of modern technology in research and education among member institutions, as well as facilitated cooperation among various universities, research institutions and industries in the region. As in terms of advocacy, ANESI also worked to provide access to Earth science education to youth, and boys and girls at primary and secondary schools. 

During the implementation of ANESI programme in 2014, more than 100 university departments and research institutions were identified in the preliminary mapping process. Many of these institutions face serious challenges in conducting laboratory and field trainings. Therefore, UNESCO plans to support in 2015 training courses, students and researchers mobility and fellowships, and joined teaching and research activities with industry.

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