|:: FY2003 Field Station Annual Report|
|(1) Research Activities and Support for Students' Fieldwork:|
The Nairobi Field Station (Nairobi FS) has an office in a rented apartment in Nairobi, and uses it as a research base. It covers both Kenya and Uganda.
In FY2003, two faculty members and three graduate students were dispatched under the 21st Century COE Program to conduct education and/or research using the FS. In addition, one faculty member and two ASAFAS students, whose trips were financed by non-COE programs, utilized the Nairobi FS.
|NAKAMURA Kyoko and SUN Xiaogang
(both ASAFAS graduate students) have a discussion with Kenyan research collaborators at the Nairobi FS.
|NAKAMURA Kyoko and a Samburu research collaborator stand at the entrance of the Nairobi FS.|
|(2) Development and Improvement of the Field Station:|
Since June 2003, the Nairobi FS has been using a rented apartment in Nairobi as a base for its education and research activities. During this fiscal year, a total of three faculty members and five graduate students utilized the field station.
ASAFAS graduate students and faculty members and researchers of the University of Nairobi held joint seminars at the FS as the need arose.
OHTA Itaru, taking advantage of his trips from July 26 - September 15 and October 18 - November 16, organized and improved the apartment. Specifically, he introduced a computer, telephone and terminal adapter, obtained a telephone number, made contract with a provider and connected the computer to the Internet by ISDN, thus developing and improving the electronic environment. He also improved the living environment by installing a desk, chairs, bookshelf and whiteboard, securing a power source to cope with blackouts, establishing a security system for times when nobody is at the FS, and waxing the floor.
The Station is also used for storing equipment and materials needed for fieldwork.
Nairobi FS's website is currently under construction, and will soon be available.
|(3) Joint Research:|
OHTA Itaru held talks with the director of the Institute of African Studies of the University of Nairobi about the potential for future joint research, and specifically the implementation of a joint project. In the talks, it was agreed that the director would visit Japan in FY2004 from May 25 to June 7, during the Annual Meeting of Japan Association for African Studies (May 29 - 30). Taking the opportunity of the visit, exchanges between African and Japanese researchers will be further made and consideration will be given to signing an MOU between the Institute of African Studies of the University of Nairobi and ASAFAS.
A research project entitled "For the Co-Existence of Refugees and Local People: A Recommendation from the Republic of Kenya" (November 2001 - October 2003) was undertaken jointly with the Institute of African Studies, subsidized by a research grant from the Toyota Foundation.
One of the participants in the above project was a student in the master's course of the University of Nairobi. OHTA Itaru provided substantial guidance to the student by reading the master's thesis submitted by the student and having discussions with him at the Field Station. This student successfully completed the oral examination and defense of his thesis.
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