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Proposal on Global African Peoples' Institute (GAPI)


 

Global African Peoples’ Institute (GAPI)
THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


GAPI - To Search, To Learn, To Innovate, To Realize Global Africans’ Full Potential
1.    MISSION: (See Diagrams)
a.    To provide leadership in advancing Global African Knowledge systems with innovation in solving the most important challenges of Global African Poverty and exclusion where culture, history, philosophy, science, technology, engineering, medicine and environment intersect
b.    To prepare Global African peoples including followers and leaders for policy and practice reforms not only through conduct of scholarly research but also through good practices in developing prescriptions for sustainable and effective culture- based and environmentally sound anti-poverty eradication practices.
2.    RATIONALE
GAPI recognizes science, technology, engineering, environment and medicine, driven by history, culture and Global African Knowledge system, as forces constantly transforming both the Global African challenges we face and the opportunities for problem – solving and sustainable institutional building for efficient and effective resources utilization and output. GAPI will address these challenges by integrating. knowledge, insights, practices, and innovations of Historians, Cultural Anthropologists, Philosophers, Natural  Scientist, Technologist, Agriculturists, Engineers etc. with decision-makers in rural and urban areas, government and business. This is done within the framework of the following instruments.
o    The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
o    The African Union Declaration and Programme of Action
o    The MDG’s/SDG’s  post 2015
o    The Decade of Action ( 2014- 2024)
3.    HUMAN RESOURCES
GAPI at itscore will be an integrated community of scholars and practitioners/activists in UWI supported by Global African Interdisciplinary and Multi-disciplinary groups of Research Fellows and Practitioners in designated centers and countries of the five continents with Global African communities. These centers are to be designated in association with the Association of African Universities and other Excellent African Diaspora Think – Tanks.
4.    THE OUTPUT
Through policy briefs, practice notes, interactive seminars and workshops, brainstorming sessions, knowledge sharing, and innovation laboratories to hands-on field work and forum, GAPI will promote and facilitate the use of culture-based innovative solutions to fulfill its mission in all Global African communities worldwide.
5.     OUTCOME
Self – reliant and empowered global African people and future
6.    FINANCING
Contributions and grants from Global African Communities, Individuals, Entities and selected International Multilateral Organizations.
 

Global African Peoples’ Institute (GAPI)
Background

1.    The Global African Peoples Institute (GAPI) for Knowledge Systems, Technology, Innovation, and Institutional Building recognizes that indigenous knowledge systems of African peoples globally have been denied, destroyed, appropriated and expropriated in a continuous fashion to the detriment of Africa and humanity universally.  These knowledge systems are enshrined in the rich metaphysics of existence found in African religions, morality, ideas about being, notions of identity and apprehensions about the interrelations between various parts of reality; they are codified in as epistemological system for dealing with reality in a consistent, sustainable and enabling way, which helps to preserve human existence, the world around us and promote respect for all things in nature.  With the invasion of Africa from the West by Europeans, and from the East by Arabs, the enslavement of Africans in Asia, Arabia, the Mediterranean world or Europe, and in the New World of the Americas, the partitioning of Africa for the sole purpose of destruction, colonization, economic exploitation and eternal cultural subjugation, Africans have suffered irreparable losses in their awareness of the validity, scientific and moral nature of their indigenous knowledge systems which have served them for millennia before other regions of the world were populated by migrant Africans. 

2.    As we speak, global Africana knowledge systems and the memorials which underscore them from millennia past are being systematically destroyed, denied and denigrated in various ways, and where recognized, they are not credited to Africa, while at the same time these systems are being pirated and commodified for international business profit, at the expense of Africa.  It must be understood that the endangerment of/to Africana knowledge systems is even more serious when the combination of the impact of the global recession on many Africana political economies and the financial weakness of Africana states are considered, in terms of ability to engage in autonomous action to preserve Africana memories and memorials, critical capacity building, the quest for indigenous knowledge retrieval and conservation of knowledge for the sake of research and preservation.  This means that the conservation and preservation of indigenous Africana knowledge systems is not on top of Global Africana government agendas, nor is there serious appreciation of the importance of such conservation and preservation on the ability of Africana societies to endogenously own developmental capacity of African peoples globally.  Indeed, the stability of Africana societies are constantly imperiled by the externally fomented schisms and divisions which plague the continent and her descendants universally.

3.    We have come to the recognition that if serious effort is not made in a concerted and deliberate manner, then Global African peoples are destined to remain the poorer perpetually for this loss of indigenous knowledge systems, and humanity would be worse for such loss of intellectual capacity.  We are mindful of the fact that there are various organizations and think tanks all over Africa and the African Diaspora devoted to various issues of socio-economic and political development nature as these are defined within the international institutional network of imperialist knowledge generation, codification and utilization.  But because of the exogenous nature of the presuppositions, agency determinants and overriding interests which underwrite these efforts, they are not either sensitive to Global African interests, nor are they devoted in any meaningful way to innovatively transforming such knowledge systems for the uplifting of Africana peoples globally.

4.    The proposed Decade of Peoples of Africa Descent provides the opportunity to, over a period of time, begin the necessary process of accessing, documenting, preserving and enhancing the utilization of indigenous African knowledge systems globally, with a view to enabling Africans engage in critical reflection, updating, upgrading and derivation of innovative processes from these knowledge systems.  The Durban Declaration, the Kyoto Declaration, the Doha Protocols and numerous other proclamations by the African Union all require careful coordination, analysis and engagement for the overall development of Africana peoples globally.  The Global African Peoples’ Institute for Knowledge Systems, Technology, Innovation and Institutional building is designed to be the clearing house for all matters relating to applied research, innovation and incubation, for our productive society, as well as being a centre of excellence for culture and STEM based development and building of sustainable institutions in Global Africa. 

GAPI Vision
5.    The vision of GAPI is curation, preservation, applied research, technology, incubation and utilization of the intellectual, material and cognitive resources of Global Africans peoples for self-reliance and development.
GAPI Mission
6.    The Global African Peoples’ Institute for Knowledge Systems, Technology, Innovation and Institution Building (GAPI) will serve as a research institution and incubator for applied research, technology, innovation, and institution building utilizing indigenous African knowledge systems for global African development and beyond.  
GAPI Objectives
7.    The Institute will be dedicated to:
a.    Design and develop databases
b.    Identify, develop, and promote tools and practices that affect global African populations
c.    Working with organizations and practitioners to influence policies at the national, regional, and international levels
d.     Promotion of the culture of innovation with the full participation of all the actors in the needs-assessment, research, dissemination, and evaluation of the knowledge and practices in the development of this culture
e.    Impact evaluation
f.    Filling in the gaps in global African history.
g.    An incubator for the preservation of global African indigenous culture language, musical traditions and instruments, dance, theater, oral history and art
h.    A convener on issues of self-reliance and development based on indigenous African knowledge with application of STEM
i.    Developing an integrated, interdisciplinary and robust programme of research into Global African indigenous knowledge of African     grassroots community.
GAPI Strategy

8.    The Global African Peoples’ Institute for Knowledge Systems, Innovation and Technology and Institutional Building will achieve its vision and mission through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programmes that is characterized by excellence in:

1.    Applied Research guided by the highest intellectual standards as determined by GAPI in blending Global African knowledge systems and development perspectives, principles and practices;

2.     Researching, codification, preservation, incubation, and dissemination of ideas, which investigate Global African issues and challenges based on our historical and socio – cultural foundation;

3.     Engaging in sustainable institution building by participatory approach in engaging rural and urban dwellers for self – reliance and development through, network and partnerships.
4.  Mobilizing resources to facilitate the above activities, while motivating incubation through the process by a structured culture of leadership and followership with commitment to sustainable institutions.

5. Impact assessment through the development of afrocentric methodology and tools
GAPI Programme of Work
9.    To this end, the Institute will be devoted to working in concert with other stake-holders in promoting and facilitating research, teaching, best practice replication in all aspects of intellectual, practical, industrial and technological areas such as, among others:
•    Indigenous knowledge
•    Science and technology – Applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine
•    Knowledge transfer and skills mobilization
•    Facilitating base for information and communication technology for development of Global African Communities
•    Harness, Incubate and Disseminate information and ideas on Development
•    Research into Global Africanpolitics and policy
•    A platform for Global African Researchers can ensure that their research impacts the Global African communities
•    A ClearingHouse for cutting edge information on Global African Culture
•    Capacity building and Strengthening of Global African Insititution for Sustainability and impacts
10.    GAPI Timeline:
2013-2014
    2014-2015
    2015-2020
    2021
    2022

Building and organizing GAPI

Setting up governance and management structure
    Developing databases

Validate and
design programs and projects for 5 years

Introduce GAPI
    Action
    Impact assessment and feedback
    2nd 5 year plan 


11.    GAPI Constitutive Parts
The Global African Peoples’ Institute for Knowledge Systems, Innovation and Technology Institution Building (GAPI) shall be comprised of a group of Academic and Non Academic fellow from the Global African World.  The group shall provide critical mass and expertise beyond what is currently possible with single issue or problem focused institutions and individuals, while operating in a clear formal management and reporting structure that promotes transparency and accountability.  The institute will provide a home for graduate research students and Post-doctoral fellows pursuing various aspects of Global African knowledge areas with STEM applies and devoted to research, development of ground breaking ideas, innovations and promoting deliberate interface between the grass roots, business, industry and the Global African Institutions committed to self- reliance and sustainable institutions.
In carrying out its mandate, the institute will collaborate and draw heavily from local, regional and international disciplinary agencies in the development and delivery of academic programmes, particularly postgraduate programmes developed in response to Africana international, regional, national or industry needs.

12.    International Headquarters
Jamaica is situated at the crossroads of African history, and it is a country, which had played significant role in African intellectual, cultural and liberation history.  It is in consideration of these factors that The Global African Peoples’ Institute for Knowledge Systems, Innovation and Institutional Building is an international interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary institute with autonomy and independence, situates its Global (International) Coordinating Centre (Headquarters) at the University of the West Indies Center, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies, and is engaged in teaching, research, outreach, advocacy, consultancy and publication on issues relating to Global Africa. 

The Institute will be a Global independent entity for research into African and Diaspora politics, policy, history, culture and gender relations, with a view to knowledge generation, ideas development, theory incubation and construction as done in the universities and other tertiary and lower educational institutions in the global African world.

The Institute will collaborate with NGOs, institutions, centres, institutes, and organizations at all levels throughout Africa’s Sixth Region, especially Gender and Youth based organizations such as CBAAC, PANAFTRAG, CODESRIA, etc.  It will provide leadership in sensitizing educators, researchers, policy makers and the general public and lead in mapping out strategies to enhance awareness of the critical role played by Africa historically and contemporaneously in national, regional, international and global existence of humanity in her march toward civilization and development.  The Coordinating Centre will provide oversight for the International (Global) and Regional activities of the Institute.
13.    GAPI Administrative Structure
•    The Global African Peoples’ Institute for Knowledge Systems, Innovation and Leadership Development consists of the International Centre located on the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and headed by the International Coordinator/Director.
•    The Institute, when fully functioning, will have Regional Centres/Offices in  the Five Regions of Africa, South America, North America, Europe and Asia headed by Regional Coordinators or Directors. Recommended countries include Brazil, Panama, and South Africa etc.
•    The Institute will have an international Governing Board, Executive Board, and Regional Board shall function like a Faculty Board.
•    The Regional Centers shall have similar structure, with members of each Regional Office being members of the boards.  Where there are national or institutional member offices, these shall have representation on the Regional Boards for purposes of management.
•    In keeping with the Institute’s fundamental raison d’etre, the activities and programmes of the Institute must be multi and inter-disciplinary, regional, and sector-based.  The Institute is a platform for interactive, participatory and collaborative methodologies and modes of delivery. 
•    The Institute’s work is derived from the realities and challenges facing global Africa with regard to knowledge preservation, dissemination, innovation and development, especially with regard to policy and practice, as we continue to find creative ways to address the developmental challenges faced by Global African peoples continentally and globally.  Its goals are driven by the search for global equity, justice and fairness for all Africans regardless of creed or geographical origin.

14.    FUNDING
Funding will be derived from the following sources:
    •    Contributions from annual Budgets of Global African States and Countries
    •    Research Grants
    •    Donations and Bequeathals
    •    Project Funding
    •    Commissions
    •    Endowments
15.    CONCLUSION
It is to be observed that because of the mission and vision of the Institute, there is a critical match between the goals of GAPI and that of The University of the West Indies 2012-2017 Strategic Plan of (a) creating “an enabling environment to support, foster and increase the output of high quality research and innovation with an emphasis on the Caribbean” and (b) becoming “the driving force for economic, social, educational, and other critical developmental needs of the region”.  These goals now being further enriched and promoted through a global perspective such research, innovation and synergies derivable from the GAPI collaboration..

 

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