The Université des Sciences des Techniques et des Technologies de Bamako (USTTB), in partnership with the George Washington University’s (GW) Institute for Disaster and Fragility Resilience (IDFR), is holding a Curriculum Development Workshop in Bamako, Mali this week to further explore its vision of creating graduate programming in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and a Resilience Training Center for DRM within the university. The proposed graduate program planning is part of GW/IDFR’s Disaster Resilience Leadership work that is carried in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and seeks to address a gap in training and capacity development in the area of vulnerability sciences and disaster management within West Africa.
GW/IDFR’s global DRL program has worked to strengthen leadership capacity in adults as well as young people. The DRL program has fellows or full DRL programs in over 30 countries globally. Currently, the USTTB DRL program has 27 DRL Fellows engaged in the DRL certificate program for the 2017-2018 cohort.
With escalating global and local environmental change, disaster risk, conflict and cross-border disease outbreaks, disaster risk management and resilience planning has become a field of study of increasing importance. The proposed masters program and other certificate programs at USTTB will help create much needed capacity in DRM for Mali and the region.
GW/IDFR works globally to build the capacity of academic institutions to prepare them to create longer-term pipelines of DRM and resilience leaders through graduate level education. Deborah Bryant, Program Director for GW/IDFR, is leading faculty, staff and representatives from the Protection Civile du Mali, among others, in the Curriculum Development Workshop in Bamako.