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SPOTLIGHT: AFRICA

In the last few years, ambitious initiatives—the Millennium Development Goals, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, the World Summit for Sustainable Development, among others—have set high goals for Africa. As the region strives to reduce poverty, fight epidemics, halt desertification, prevent crop failure, and resolve conflicts, information technology has emerged as a powerful tool. In particular, remote sensing, photo interpretation, and other geographic technologies have enabled African regional organizations to compile high quality data sets for dissemination to policymakers. “Information plays a vital role in development planning in Africa,” writes Elizabeth Gavin of EIS-AFRICA, one such organization. “When African countries make the necessary investments in developing readily available geo-information, they earn dividends in terms of economic, environmental, and social progress as well as improved governance.”

 Spotlight: Africa is an interactive clearinghouse designed to encourage collaboration and the exchange of information and ideas among geographers—and professionals in related disciplines—with a particular interest in Africa. We invite you to explore the resources here, including contact information for universities, funding opportunities, and projects underway in Africa.

 Spotlight: Africa is a part of the AAG Developing Regions Membership Program, a special initiative designed to foster increased international scholarly exchange. Geographers and professionals of related disciplines from and living in developing regions, with an income of US$25,000 or less per year are now eligible to join the AAG for the deeply discounted annual membership rate of $20.

IFor iformation on eligibility, benefits, how to apply or how to support the program please visit the Developing Regions Membership homepage.

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