HED Partnership to Strengthen Environmental Law Programs  

December 15, 2009 
Contact: Higher Education for Development
(202) 243-7680
Email: HED@HEDprogram.org

 WASHINGTON, DC (December 15, 2009) – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Higher Education for Development (HED) have awarded a three-year grant to the College of Law at Georgia State University for a partnership with faculties of law at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; the Universidad Rafael Landívar (URL) in Guatemala City, Guatemala; and the Universidad Paulo Freire (UPL) in Managua, Nicaragua. 

The multi-country and multi-institution partnership will focus on strengthening the teaching and implementation of environmental law in Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Partners will collaborate to develop and implement comprehensive environmental law workshops and an environmental law diplomado (certificate program). The inter-disciplinary environmental law diplomado includes clinical and internship/externship features that can be implemented regionally.

“The winning application reflected a high level of inclusiveness and collaboration with a broad range of groups in Central America. This is a key ingredient of successful HED partnerships and will be especially critical for this one because it will encompass higher education institutions in four countries: the United States, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Nicaragua,” noted HED Deputy Executive Director Jeanne-Marie Duval. “We expect that environmental law practitioners and practices will be greatly enhanced, allowing for the increased preservation of land and vital natural resources in these countries.”