The STRONGBOW (Sustainable TouRism based On Natural resource management with Gender Balance tOwards Women) project was designed to build capacity within five selected Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Ethiopia in the fields of Natural Resources Management, Tourism and Ecotourism.

Since 2011, STRONGBOW, with its consortium of local, regional and overseas partners, has implemented a sustainable programme of capacity building ‘through learning’. HoA-REC&N led a consortium of five Ethiopian universities:- Addis Ababa University, Arbaminch University, Mizan-Tepi University, WondoGenet College of Forestry & Natural Resource, and Jimma University. The Centre for International Cooperation (CIS-VU), Netherlands,  led a consortium of international universities including The Central University of Technology – South Africa, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and VU University Amsterdam. The grant was used to improve the capacity of the five universities in Ethiopia through investment, short term and long term training for university staff, research and training in NRM, tourism and eco-tourism.

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