African Rural Employment Network - Start-Up. [1971 - 1972]

Co-Principal Investigators

Non-AFRE Co-Principle Investigators: Dustan Spence. AEC/AFRE Department Collaborator

Project Name:          African Rural Employment Network  - Start-up *
Donor:                       United States Agency for International Development
Contract No:             AID/csd-3306 
Account No:             MSU 71-2032
Location:                  Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone
Duration:                  June 1971-March 1972
Budget:                     $50,000
Documents:              (Click here to view)

Project Goals:           To strengthen the knowledge and data base underpinning decisions regarding rural employment in Africa.

Project Plans/Objectives: 

  • To jointly review, with African colleagues, unemployment problems, government policies, and strategies in the targeted African countries.
  • To assemble relevant conceptual and methodological literature.
  • To draft working papers on a conceptual framework for the study.
  • To convene all researchers at Ibadan to draft a joint proposal for funding.
  • To explore joint funding possibilities with AID/Mission and indigenous institutions.

Cooperating Institutions:      University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; University of Ibadan, Nigeria; University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone

Project Summary:       This project represented the initial stage of a larger project to conduct research on rural employment in tropical Africa. Proposals, which were part of the objectives of the present contract, were submitted to AID and subsequently funded under AID/csd-3625.

Selected Documents From/About This Project:

* This description is adapted from work by Nancy E. Horn, an MSU alumnus from the Anthropology Department, published in 1985 “A Project History of Michigan State University’s Participation in International Development for the period 1951 – 1985”.  See AFRE Emeritus Faculty - Acknowledgements