The Centre for Ethics and Technological Development (CETD – Nigeria) is building a network of the most visionary thinkers, activists, and development consultants working in the Centre’s program area of research, connecting them to the activities and projects of the Centre. Special activities include placing essays in periodicals, underwriting selected research and analysis, promoting leading thinkers through events and publicity campaigns, and producing publications (books, newsletters), journals and audio-visual materials. We feel the Centre’s journal will give our authors a platform to comment on more immediate issues, and the brevity of comment will appeal to a wider audience
In other words, CETD – Nigeria will be producing original content commentary, articles, academic studies and videos for the website and other new media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln and Youtube. The website is the central location for finding resources and information about events, contests and publications sponsored by CETD – Nigeria.
As the centre identifies researchers and analysts working on the Centre’s programmes, grants will be given based on a consideration of the value of the work to the Centre’s mission. Initially we expect to award small grants for articles and essays, but eventually the Centre hopes to commission longer treatments of these issues in book form.
Through targeted press releases and the provision of qualified spokespersons, CETD-Nigeria will seek to ensure a broad dissemination of both its own publications and other ideas that are deemed to be important and beneficial. The Centre will also sponsor the production of educational materials for radio, television and the web.
The Centre will focus on soliciting articles from recognized experts and thinkers for publication in the Centre’s journal, at the Centre’s website, in booklet and in news papers and magazines that reach a broad and informed audience. Through its publications, and by cultivating relationships with both writers and editors, it is hoped that the activities of the Centre will encourage more serious consideration of the Centre’s programmes and public policies that can help prepare our societies and economics for a safe, secure, free and prosperous future.
FELLOWS AND INTERNS
The CETD – Nigeria fellows work to address the Centre’s program areas and public policy issues in our project areas. The work of the Centre’s fellow is promoted through the centre’s website and publications. Interns work with staff members on individual projects in specific program areas and with Centre’s journal. Through our internship programs students and scholar-in-training get experience in issue advocacy. Undergraduate and graduate students led by a faculty member affiliated with the Centre choose a research topic to work on during the semester and discuss it monthly. This scholarly work leads to producing working papers to be presented at the Centre and other venues, or as a starting point to write a thesis on any relevant topic in the Centre’s programme area of research.
SPEAKER TOURS AND SPEAKER BUREAU
Once we have identified key scholars and thinkers in each research programme area we can begin to network them with the media, conferences and sympathetic organizations in their area for speaking engagements, and helping to promote their writing to the press.
The centre for Ethics and Technological Development (CETD – Nigeria) will organize several events per year in Nigeria and Africa aimed at promoting scholarly and professional work that advances the mission of the Centre.
The Centre will also host technology and policy forums, as well as conferences with published proceedings. And also will attend international conferences as well.
Several seminars and lecture series featuring prominent, expert speakers on CETD – Nigeria research/project areas for students and young professionals, as well as policy conferences for scholars, policy makers and journalists, shall take place each year around the continent/country in collaboration with Nigerian and African institutes and globally.
CETD – Nigeria will maintain the promethean spirit of independence in her research and agenda setting through an in-house research and brainstorming. Our fund-raising proposals that will be submitted to potential donors will be based on such an internal independent agenda setting.
Position Papers: In each programmatic area (poverty eradication, health and social security, environment and development, technology and national security, technology and defense strategies and assessments, the intersection of technology, economics, society and politics; e.g issue of fresh water, agriculture, trusted autonomous systems and humanitarian assistance, finance, urbanization, industrialization, entrepreneurship, transportation, communications, enabling technologies, commercialization, manufacturing, governance, digital forensic and human rights, cyber operations and counterterrorism, civil-military relations, military power projection capabilities, military technology innovation, balance of power and international competition, etc) we would like to launch an ambitious agenda of research and public education.
Position Papers: In each program area we would outline a set of position papers that need to be written that address the need for sound ethical and related public policies on our program areas that aims to realize a Nigeria and Africa that is safe, secure , free and prosperous humans flourishing in democratic societies.
Networking Scholars and Organizations: In each program area we would like to make contact with and begin to network with scholars and organizations working on similar points of view.
21st Century CETD Nigeria Education Seminar
The Centre for Ethics and Technological Development (CETD – Nigeria) will strive to promote education outreaches by facilitating weekly student programs. The essence is to grow social and business entrepreneurs, by identifying promising talents and feed them into existing market scholarship networks where they will be equipped to develop it into their own undertaking.
These undergraduate seminars are a chance to discuss and evaluate new developments relating to the Centre’s project and research areas.