Guiding principles for building Calestous’ legacy in Port Victoria
- Experimentation and learning—focus on activities/projects that will seed and build a belief in local learning and action; support collective learning by youth and women to collectively solve local problems, to build interdependence and remove over-dependence.
- Leverage local content or inputs—projects should use local knowledge, infrastructure, young people’s energy, etc.
- Add value to existing initiatives—build on promising existing local community efforts not duplicating and/or crowding out local initiatives.
- Clearly articulate vision and resource limitations—manage local expectations by clearly articulating CJ’s virtues (humility and simplicity, building human capabilities to be interdependent, working toward the long-term public good rather than individual monetary gain.
- Have a clear timeframe—projects aim to build local capacity to carry work forward, reflecting changing context and outcomes of other Legacy initiatives or projects
- Keep Legacy initiatives as private, not-for-profit and not political.
Calestous Juma Legacy Foundation
The CJLF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit foundation founded in 2019 to foster policies, programs and projects to develop and utilize technological innovation in education, public health, and in advancing the application of science and technology in economic transformation and sustainable development, particularly in Kenya, Africa, and developing countries. The focus of the foundation’s work will be on Calestous Juma’s hometown of Port Victoria, Bunyala District, Kenya, on the shores of Lake Victoria.
Advisory Council—Working Groups on: Programs and Partnerships; Research on Innovation Hubs; Fundraising
Contact us: CJumaLegacy@gmail.com
Correspondence to: CJLF, c/o A. Field-Juma, 363 Concord Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138, USA
Legal status: The Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA.
Information and Innovation Community Resource Centre
The Foundation plans to establish an Information and Innovation Community Resource Centre in Calestous Juma’s home town of Port Victoria with an initial programmatic focus on fisheries, food security and public health. The Centre’s program will consist of three interrelated pillars:
- An accessible state-of-the-art digital library providing learning resources for the local community, students, educators, decision-makers, NGOs, and researchers. Materials will initially focus on fisheries, fishing farming/aquaculture, crop farming, seed banking and related food technologies, and other priority topics identified by the community including digital technologies and computer programming. The library will also consolidate and synthesize site-specific information on the ecology, economics, public health, and development vision for Bunyala, including mapping/GIS (geographic information system) data layers. This will be a vital resource given the dearth of library and digital materials and access in the region and its institutions as determined by a CJLF Needs Assessment. In the interim before the structure is completed, the library will be established virtually and through existing structures.
- An innovation incubator that provides a virtual platform and physical space where the ideas, prototypes and innovations of young people and local innovators will be ‘incubated’, promoted, etc. Special attention will be given to addressing gender inequities in fisheries and related value chain opportunities to promote the engagement of women so they may benefit from direct income generation through fisheries.
- Seminar and meeting space for workshops and training offered to the community by partner organizations to build local capabilities. Priority areas are sustainable fisheries and fish farming (e.g., fisheries entrepreneurship and management, linking local fishers to microfinance, value-chains, extension services, feed production, and related agriculture), and other priority needs such as public health, reproductive health, and jobs training.
The overall objective of this proposed programme is to enhance local capabilities—skills, social organizations, processes and practices—for leveraging digital technologies to sustainably harness Lake Victoria’s fisheries and fish farming. By this and other means, we hope to improve nutritional security, increase economic incomes, support gender equity, and strengthen the social wellbeing of communities in Port Victoria and Bunyala District as a whole. An integral larger goal is to improve the ecological health of the fisheries in the Lake Basin region through aquatic biodiversity conservation, improved watershed management leading to water quality improvements, and building resiliency to climate disruption.
Virtual Workshop Series:
No. 1: Sustainable Fisheries— July 24, 2020