Making a Match: The Art and Science of Finding the Right Institutional Partner
Forging an Eco-Health Partnership in Tanzania Between the Nelson Mandela Africa Institute of Science and Technology & Pennsylvania State University
How might we facilitate multi-year partnership planning between leading universities in the US and Tanzania?
GKI loves making a good match. Connecting individuals and organizations is in our DNA. After canvassing our global network, GKI introduced PSU’s Huck Institutes to the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. The “spark” between the institutions was immediate and clear; they shared a strong commitment to building equitable partnerships, to pursuing excellence in life science research and training, and to protecting Africa’s rich ecosystems. A GKI-led partnership-planning meeting followed. and the concept for a “Tanzanian Living Laboratory in Ecohealth” was hatched.
Five years later, this effort to address challenges at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health is more dynamic than ever. It has grown to include other world-class institutions such as the University of Glasgow and Princeton University and has elicited more than $5 million in support from the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others. Current efforts focus on understanding the impact of climate and land-use changes on infectious disease dynamics in Tanzania’s Maasai Steppe.
Results / Outcomes
- Brokered a partnership arrangement between leading life sciences institutions in the US and Tanzania
- Facilitated the design of an “Ecohealth Living Laboratory” that integrates research, training, fieldwork, and community engagement
- Helped lay the groundwork for university-to-university partnership that generated over $5 million in research funding from international donors