WARC Hosts CAORC Directors’ Workshop in Dakar, Senegal (January 4-5, 2009)

Opening session presided by the Rector of University Cheikh Anta Diop

The 2009 meeting of overseas and US Directors of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) was held on January 4-5, 2009 in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. The venues for the meeting were the new campus of University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD II) and the West African Research Centerr (WARC). Almost all US and overseas directors were present at the meeting and engaged in insightful exchanges over the two days.

Welcome addresses were made by the Director of WARC, Ousmane Sene; the Director of WARA, Jennifer Yanco; founding member of WARA, Professor Edris Makward; the Executive Director of CAORC, Mary Ellen Lane; and the Rector of the University, Professor Abdou Salam Sall.

The second day of meetings was held at WARC and was punctuated by a luncheon attended by a number of guests including the US Ambassador to Senegal, her Excellency Mrs Marcia Bernicat; the Rector of University Cheikh Anta Diop, Professor Abdou Salam Sall; and several other officials, academics, researchers and artists.

Donation by the participants to the elementary and secondary schools and to the health clinics in Toubacouta and Sokone (through the hands of Mary Ellen Lane, CAORC)

The day before the official opening of the workshop, participants made a trip to historic Goree Island and, at the close of the first day, the group attended a traditional wrestling match in one of Dakar’s large sports stadiums.

The official meetings were followed by a trip to Toubacouta in the Saloum Delta, an area remarkable for its natural environment. There they navigated through the mangroves, visited schools and rural health posts, made donations of school items and medicines, and attended a number of cultural events.

The forty-three participants represented centers in Afghanistan, Algeria, Yemen, Iraq, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Palestine, Italy, Iraq, Jordan, Mongolia, Pakistan, West Africa (Senegal), Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, as well as the CAORC office in Washington, DC and the CAORC Executive Board.