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Professor Juma discusses ‘reinventing African universities’

Reinventing African universities   by Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development and Faculty Chair of the Innovation and Economic Development Program at Harvard Kennedy School Published: September 5, 2014 in Al Jazeera Africa’s demand for higher education is rising, writes Juma [AFP/Getty Images]In a resounding attack on his country’s higher educational system, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed arts courses as useless.… Read more »
Posted On: Friday, September 5th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

HBS alumni build their own ‘Amazon’ with Jumia

Nigerian Retailers Building Their Own Amazon in Africa   by Chris Kay, Christopher Spillane and Janice Kew  Published: November 22, 2013 in Bloomberg.com   When Gbemiga Omotoso bought a Samsung tablet computer last year, he handed over his cash to a man in a van.… Read more »
Posted On: Monday, August 25th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

CAS faculty member Calestous Juma provides an institutional perspective on Ebola outbreak

Africa Ebola outbreak: How do we prevent it?   by Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development and Faculty Chair of the Innovation and Economic Development Program at Harvard Kennedy School Published: August 13, 2014 in Al Jazeera   The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has put the international community on alert.… Read more »
Posted On: Thursday, August 21st, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

CAS faculty committee member Michael VanRooyen speaks about Ebola outbreak

Understanding Ebola   by Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer Published: August 13, 2014 in the Harvard Gazette Though a few Ebola-infected Americans have begun returning home from the epidemic in West Africa, U.S.… Read more »
Posted On: Thursday, August 14th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

Harvard PhD student unpacks South African election results

South African Elections 2014 – after the party, the long view   By Matthew Kustenbauder, PhD candidate, Department of History, Harvard University Published: 21 July 2014 in Democracy in Africa   In this two-part blog, Matthew Kustenbauder unpacks the South African election results, highlighting historic trends, new developments, and future possibilities.… Read more »
Posted On: Monday, August 4th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

CAS Executive Director visits Maru-a-Pula Program

 A Perfect Storm of Growth, Learning and Discovery   by Alastair Hagger, Communications Coordinator, Maru-a-Pula School Published: 16 July 2014 on Maru-a-Pula website Dr Susan Cook (left, with MaP Principal Andy Taylor), the Executive Director of Harvard University’s Committee on African Studies, visited MaP on July 14th 2014 to catch up with the progress of the current Harvard interns, and talk about the impact the internship programme, now in its sixth year, has on both MaP students and the internees themselves.… Read more »
Posted On: Thursday, July 24th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

Harvard grad student analyzes impact of Africa’s security situation on Chinese investment in Nigerian ‘Guardian’

Irene Yuan Sun, joint degree candidate in the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, publishes an article the Nigerian The Guardian, an independent daily newspaper published in Lagos. Africa’s Incoherent Security Framework Threatens Future Chinese Investments Saturday, 12 July 2014 15:26   IN its engagement with Africa to date, China has been notable for accepting risks that Western countries generally do not.  The willingness of Chinese people, especially small-time traders, to put up with a range of personal safety risks—from petty theft to risk of kidnappings to health & sanitation limitations—has been a key factor as to why China has so rapidly become Africa’s largest trade partner.  In Nigeria, over 600 Chinese businesses have invested, with at least 200 of them investing more than USD $10 million and collectively generating 69,000 jobs, according to a 2013 World Bank study.… Read more »
Posted On: Monday, July 14th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research Announces Second Class of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

The new class of W.E.B. Du Bois Fellows will include 10 Africanists, including Committee on African Studies Faculty Chair, Caroline Elkins.     Published: April 15, 2014 in Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies’ Newsroom  Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the newly launched Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, has welcomed twenty-three first-rate Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.… Read more »
Posted On: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

In Africa It Is Another Story – Looking Back at Italian Colonialism Exhibit

There will be an art exertion in the Pusey Library this month.   April 4th through May 2nd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Pusey Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138 The exhibit features personal albums, photographs, postcards, and maps from the Harvard Library collections ranging from the early twentieth century to the Fascist period.  Curated by Professor Giuliana Minghelli and Italian Doctoral candidates Matt Collins, Dalila Colucci, Eloisa Morra and Chiara Trebaiocchi, In Africa it is Another Story investigates the visual, literary and political imaginary that prepared and accompanied Italy’s belated and violent participation in the colonial “scramble for Africa.” The event is free and open to the public.… Read more »
Posted On: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News

Professor Dryden-Peterson talks about education in broken states with Harvard EdCast

Harvard EdCast: Schools in a Broken State All around the world there are nations in turmoil. From the current political unrest in the Ukraine and Venezuela to the civil war in Syria, countries are in crisis, much of the struggle on display to the world through news reports.… Read more »
Posted On: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014   |   No comments   |   Posted in News
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