Institute for Community Partnerships and Sustainable Development

Institute for Community Partnerships and Sustainable Development (ICPSD) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to achieve efficiency and resiliency in communities in Africa through the convergence of local knowledge, culture, science, and technology. ICPSD was founded when Dr. Romuald Afatchao, led a group of University of Idaho students on a service trip to Ghana. Passionate about the continent of his birth and expanding the cultural competency of American students, Dr. Afatchao challenged the students to see beyond the excitement of being in a new country and to look deeper into themselves and the situations they observed and participated in. The experience led to discussions regarding development in Africa and the impact of outside aid and influences. ICPSD was born from these observations and goals for sustainable and community-driven development on the continent.