The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized and participated in the 2017 Global Workshop of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF). Held at the University of Maryland, the workshop was funded through a grant from USADF, a U.S. Government agency established to support African-owned enterprises, which improve lives in poor and vulnerable communities on the continent.
Over 80 participants took part in the 10-day meeting including 22 USADF Country Program Coordinators, 22 country partners who provide technical backstopping to the grantees in each country, 37 staff from the USADF Washington Office and two RUFORUM representatives.
The goal of the event was to transform the way USADF staff and country teams think about Africa and the impact that their interventions create on the continent, hence the workshop theme, “Transforming our mindsets.”
“To do things differently we need to think differently. This means think in a different way about USADF programs, partnerships, and pathways to prosperity for the communities we serve,” said USADF President, CD Glin at the workshop. He added that mindset transformation is essential for adapting to current realities and becoming innovative about resilience, measuring change and catalyzing enterprise growth.