Prince Albert II of Monaco recently visited Ohio State to learn about the various efforts being conducted at the university devoted to sustainable development and climate change. Prince Albert II has long championed these causes and established the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2006, which “encourages sustainable and fair management of natural resources and places humankind at the center of its projects.” As part of his visit, Prince Albert II presented a lecture focusing climate change, biodiversity, and access to clean water. Prior to his lecture, Prince Albert II met with various groups across campus who are also helping to address these same issues. One of these organizations is The Ohio State University Global Water Institute (GWI) which focuses incorporating multiple factors in finding solutions to water issues. ACEL PhD student, Fally Masambuka, has been an active member of the GWI team since spring semester and was selected to co-present along with GWI Interim Director Marty Kress. Their presentation focused on a GWI initiative called “Wells to Wellness” which takes a systems approach to the complicated problem of development. GWI has a pilot project in Tanzania where they are expecting to provide sustainable systems solutions to the pressing problems in the areas of water, energy, education and sanitation. The main project is aimed at providing water to the communities while also providing economic opportunities and education to the people in those communities so that they are able to manage the water points sustainably and that they are able to engage in economic activities. Fally is a student in the doctoral program in ACEL with a specialization in International Development. For more information about our doctoral degree programs please click here.