ITD is working under Smith College to conduct a trilateral exchange program on “Cross-Sectoral Development in the Fields of Tolerance and Conflict Resolution in Rwanda, Uganda, and the US”. The grant project aims to foster mutual understanding, collaboration, global networking, and leadership and professional skills development among Africans and Americans.
Two groups of Africans will be selected to come to the U.S. for six-week professional fellowship programs in 2016. The first program will take place from April 23 to June 3, 2016, and the second from October 8 to November 18, 2016. Each program starts with one week of orientation activities hosted by Smith College. The week also includes lectures, site visits, and cultural outings. During weeks 2-5 African Fellows are placed with host organizations in Western Massachusetts to learn how those organizations provide conflict resolution and other peace-building services. African Fellows are asked to reciprocate by offering their own knowledge to their U.S. counterparts. During the final week of the programs Ugandan and Rwandan Fellows travel to Washington, DC for cultural activities and a three-day Professional Fellows Congress hosted by the Department of State.
Smith and ITD are partnering with two African non-profit organizations on this project: Caritas in Uganda, and Memos: Learning from History in Rwanda. A four-person delegation of U.S. Fellows will travel to Rwanda in the summer of 2016, and another will travel to Uganda in early 2017. After returning home, African and U.S. Fellows will implement professional projects that result from newly acquired skills and experience.
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