Periperi U is a partnership of African universities that spans across the continent and is committed to building local disaster risk related capacity. Established in 2006, with five original members, the partnership has grown to include eleven universities from Algiers to Antanarivo, with institutions in Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
The goal of Periperi U is to reduce disaster risks in among African countries through improved national and local disaster risk management, due to enhanced strategic human capacity to integrate risk reduction into critical developmental sectors and programmes. The partners of Periperi U believe this can accomplished through building and embedding sustainable ‘multi-tasking’ capabilities in disaster risk and vulnerability reduction capacity building in ten selected institutions of higher learning in Africa consistent with global disaster reduction priorities reflected in the Hyogo Framework of Action.
This collective effort is practically reflected in:
- New applied academic programmes that are generating urgently needed local disaster risk reduction professionals in Africa
- Regular, accessible and practical disaster risk related short courses in local languages that are offered to government and civil society practitioners.
- A surge in research of local disaster risks that that has improved the knowledge base for disaster risk management planning.
- Opportunities for partnership members to learn from their colleagues experience through flexible exchange visits.
Funding partner of the Periperi U partnership
Key to the partnership’s ability to conduct research, initiate academic programs, carry out short courses and take part in various meetings and exchanges across the continent and globally comes from the financial support offered by USAID, an International agency whose main goals are to assist in combating extreme poverty, as well as promote the development of resilient, democratic societies globally.
To attain these goals USAID believes it is essential to invest in building human capital, creating inclusive, sustainable and self-reliant societies and reaching out to the poorest and most vulnerable in the world in order to create a more prosperous and stable future for all.USAID is responsible for covering much of the partnership’s funding especially for staff salaries, academic programs travel for international exchange visits and engagements as well as subsidising short courses and research initiatives.