Sustainable development is a complex and multifaceted enterprise that requires broad-based support from varied actors as well as extensive investment in research and capital. CSDA believes Africa’s sustainability goals will only be achieved through programs and policies based on a holistic approach that considers five key pillars: water, energy, education, environment and economy. Moreover, managing the intricacies and harnessing the opportunities of sustainability will also require an understanding of interdependencies of these pillars.
For example, increasing economic productivity in Africa is contingent on producing competent graduates who will contribute in an advanced and integrated 21st century economy. Empowering women and improving their entrepreneurial skills requires communities to have efficient access to vital resources like water and energy. Proposals to innovate manufacturing and other industrial sectors must consider climate change protocols so that African countries can establish development agendas on a foundation which preserves natural resources and protects the ecosystem.
To promote and mainstream the use of integrated and holistic frameworks for sustainable development in Africa, CSDA will organize seminars and convene ongoing educational and thought leadership activities that are vital to its mission.