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An all-Inclusive capacity development programme for a sustainable future
  • Kenneth Mubea
Kenneth Mubea
Digital Earth Africa

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There is no doubt anymore that Earth Observation (EO) is contributing toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and addressing environmental challenges. Digital Earth Africa’s objective is to make freely available an EO data cube for all of Africa that democratizes the capacity to process and analyse satellite data. It allows to track changes across Africa in unprecedented detail and will provide data on a vast number of issues, including soil and coastal erosion, agriculture, forest and desert development, water quality, and changes to human settlements. To realise full benefits of an advanced Platform like Digital Earth Africa, Digital Earth Africa has co-designed and co-developed with five institutions namely the Regional Centre For Mapping Of Resources For Development (RCMRD, Kenya), Centre de Suivi Écologique (Senegal), l’observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (Tunisia), AFRIGIST (Nigeria) and AGRHYMET (Niger). This was meant to ensure it meets end-users needs, this program has been developed by the future deliverers of the program. From the trainers’ perspective, the program is built to consider the recent changes in teaching approaches and methodologies including pedagogy that emerged from a Covid-19, and post Covid-19, pandemic world. On the end-user side, the curriculum covered a wide spectrum of topics, from understanding satellite images, python scripting in the JupyterLab environment to identifying solutions to SDGs challenges through use cases, available in English and French. Digital Earth Africa’s Gender Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion principles strategy (GEDSI) is imprinted as a watermark across the whole program. It prioritises gender equality, diversity, and social inclusion so that women, people with disabilities and marginalised individuals and communities have the same opportunities to benefit from EO data. In addition, Digital Earth Africa started live virtual sessions, to stay connected with end users, who have developed impactive stories in their communities. Digital Earth Africa seeks to support the capacity development of individuals, academic and governmental institutions, and private sector organisations to empower present and next generation of decision makers to drive toward a sustainable future, leaving on one and place behind.