A second university in Cameroon, the Pan African Institute for Development West Africa (PAID-WA), joined the Virtual Institute today, increasing network membership to 120 institutions from 59 countries.
The application for membership came shortly after a meeting in Geneva with Fernand Vincent of IRED (Innovations et réseaux pour le développement), an institution working with partners in Africa, including PAID-WA, to foster local development.
Located in the city of Buea in the south-western part of the country, PAID-WA aims to support the economic, social and cultural development of African countries through action-oriented research, consultancy advice, and training and capacity development of African officials.
The institute offers a range of academic programmes. Among them are Bachelors in environment and agricultural development; gender and project management; migration and refugee studies; Masters in environment and natural resources management; and agriculture and development; and MBAs in areas such as supply chain management, for instance.
Recent research work undertaken by the PAID-WA covers gender issues in Africa; employment creation; small and medium enterprises; public-private partnerships; business environment and competitiveness; determinants of FDI; oil revenue and development; technology transfer; industrialization; and Africa's economic development.
The cooperation with the Vi will be coordinated by Daisy Tembonga Fonkem, holder of an MSc in development studies and teacher of courses on development theory, development management, and integrated rural development.
Also involved in the cooperation are: PAID-WA director, Uwem Essia, who specializes in development economics, economics of international trade and industrial economics; Suliaman Turay, coordinator of MBA programmes; Shey Edward Dinayen, whose work focuses on global supply management, development finance, international development cooperation, globalization, gender and development studies, and trade, investment and development; Christopher Eho Olong , head of the department of business studies, and teacher of courses on economics of international trade, macroeconomic policies, and trade and poverty; and Daniel Ekongwe, who teaches globalization and development strategies, and regional and bilateral trade.
PAID-WA is ready to contribute to the development of training materials, research, and student/staff exchanges. They expect that Vi membership will provide them with exposure to other training and learning networks, and help facilitate research and develop partnerships for training and capacity building of its staff.
For more information, visit PAID-WA's profile on the Vi website.