Below are some great resources to learn more about grants and free educational opportunities or to familiarize yourself with Central Africa conservation, biodiversity, parks, and culture! If you have any suggestions on additional resources to include on this list, please let us know.
The CAI is launching a new program devoted to expanding access to grant opportunities across Central Africa and globally. We will be maintaining a Grant Guide and disseminating other information related to small grants from a variety of sources.
Online Journals and Libraries
Crops for the Future has curated this great list of online resources that are free or easily accessible. The following portals from CFF’s list provide free access to a variety of books, scientific journals, and other publications:
- African Digital Library has thousands of full-text ebooks and is available for free to any resident of the African continent.
- Directory of Open Access Journals was created by Lund University in Sweden and has thousands of available journal articles.
- International Information System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology is a public database of bibliographic information maintained by the FAO.
- Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics is curated by the University of Minnesota in the US and has full-text scholarly literature.
- Research4Life is an international program that offers free or low-cost access to peer-reviewed literature for institutions in developing countries. They have subscriptions available through four programs, including Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) and Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE).
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Coursera offers a broad range of MOOCs that are available to a wide audience. These online courses are designed to be accessible to those who cannot be physically present on a campus or cannot afford a degree-seeking program.
One of their current offerings, “Gestion des aires protégées en Afrique,” focuses on protected land management in Africa and is available at the learner’s own pace.
Data and Software
- The Global Biodiversity Information Facility offers free and open access to occurrence records for millions of species from around the world.
- ESRI provides free or reduced-cost access to their ArcGIS software for eligible individuals and organizations through their Conservation GIS Program.
Blogs and Newsletters
A blog about the conservation efforts in Cameroon’s Bénoué National Park in Cameroon, by Director and CAI partner Jean-Paul Mbamba Mbamba.
One of CAI’s partners, ABCG is a partnership between seven major conservation NGOs. ABCG writes a newsletter with information about their activities, as well as updates in the conservation world.
ECI is an initiative focused on promoting economic and social development in the eastern DRC. They write a weekly newsletter with updates on current events in the region.
- Environmental Conservation – M.S.
- Professional French Master’s Program – M.F.S.
- Study abroad in Africa
- Enroll in free MOOCs (see above for explanation)