To mark International Development Week (IDW) and Black History Month this year, the USask International Office organized a “Lunch and Learn” event on Feb. 9. The event invited USask researchers engaged in different parts of Africa to share about their work under the theme “Developing Sustainable Research Partnerships in Africa (SDG 17).”

Nazeem Muhajarine and Jessie Forsyth contributed to the conversation with a short presentation on the Mozambique-Canada Maternal Health Project, emphasizing the reason for embarking on the project, what the project aims to do, and major project achievements during its 7-year lifespan, all of which is predicated on strong and long-standing Mozambique-Canada/Inhambane-USask partnerships. Research colleagues from across the disciplines – including Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition, Arts and Science, Agriculture and Bioresources, Veterinary Medicine, and Education – made similar contributions about projects in a range of countries and topic areas, united in efforts to learn and work meaningfully across complex divides.

Productive discussion, facilitated by Corrine Schuster-Wallace (Geography and Planning), engaged issues ranging from collaboration within and across subject and geographic areas to international student support at USask and effective modes of bridging at all levels. For the Mozambique-Canada Mozambique Project, the event provided an important opportunity to both reconnect with colleagues on campus and honour the many people and decades of hard work that have gone into making the current project a reality, celebrating the deep learning that continues to flourish as a result.