The Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation

July 06, 2008 20:57 ET

Media Advisory: CIGI Launches Major Africa Project

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2008) -

ATTENTION: National, International Relations, Africa, Environment, Broadcast, Photo and Assignment Editors

On Monday, July 7, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will launch the Africa Project, a major five-year initiative exploring the impact of climate change on Africa's security and socio-economic development.

Starting with the premise that Africa is the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and yet the least responsible for contributing to this most critical global challenge, CIGI's Africa Project will adopt an interdisciplinary, international and multi-institutional approach through world-class field research, open dialogue and constructive debate. It will examine climate change as it relates to five critical areas across Africa: health, migration, energy, food security, and conflict resolution and mediation.

The Africa Project, a collaborative initiative between CIGI, the Salama SHIELD Foundation and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, is made possible by a significant private donation by a group of national and international donors.

To increase the understanding of the threat of climate change for Africa, one of the major objectives of the project is building local capacity and concentrating assistance that directly involves Africans. CIGI's Africa Project will primarily work from a base in Uganda and will aim to report best practices for African governments, institutions and communities, create a student and faculty exchange program and disseminate its research though a custom-built online portal.

(Note to editors: at the request of the donors, the amount and the name of individuals who contributed financial resources for this project will not be released.)


Jim Balsillie - CIGI Chairman of the Board

John English - CIGI Executive Director; Chair of the Africa Project

Joseph Kahiigwa - Deputy High Commissioner in Uganda High Commission

Nelson Sewankambo - Director of the Africa Project; Chair, ISHReCA
(Initiatives for Strengthening Health Research Capacity in Africa);
Co-Director, Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa;
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University

Dennis Willms - Associate Director of the Africa Project; Founder and
Executive Director, Salama SHIELD Foundation

Africa Project launch, wine and hor d'oeuvre reception

Monday, July 7, 2008

4:30 - 5:00 pm, launch
5:00 - 7:00 pm, reception

The Centre for International Governance Innovation
57 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that addresses international governance challenges. Led by a group of experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate, builds capacity, and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI's interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2002 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

    Neve Peric, Media Relations Director
    (519) 885-2444 ext 390