AfricaMap is housed at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University with an initial grant from the Harvard Provosts Fund for Innovative Computing and ongoing support from the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, the Department of African and African American Studies and the Committee for African Studies at Harvard University. Since its beta release in November of 2008, the framework has been implemented in several geographic locations with different research foci, including metro Boston, East Asia, the city of Paris as well as an array of African country map sites. In June of 2011 the AfricaMap model was expanded into WorldMap and additional tools and functionality were added that allow users anywhere to upload maps and create their own set of map layers.
Africa Past and Present is a podcast about history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora. The show highlights interesting and significant people, ideas, and discussions in African Studies from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. Our mission is to broaden the availability and accessibility of cutting-edge knowledge relating to African experiences and to do so in a down-to-earth and informed manner. Shows feature interviews with eminent scholars and persons, commentary on current events, and issues and debates of relevance to Africans at home and abroad.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
In June 2007, TED held its first conference in Africa, titled “Africa: The Next Chapter.” Thought leaders from across the continent gathered with counterparts from around the globe to build new and lasting collaborations. Talks from TEDGlobal will on this website over the coming year, as part of the vigorous conversation unfolding worldwide, starting withNgozi Okonjo-Iweala, George Ayittey, Euvin Naidoo, and William Kamkwamba.
Earlier TEDs seeded this conversation: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the pioneering Nigerian Finance Minister, offers a broader take on trade versus aid, while Jacqueline Novogratz promotes a new way of giving, based on investment. Ashraf Ghani, former Finance Minister of Afghanistan, gives a rousing talk that points the way forward out of the wreckage of a failed state. And Iqbal Quadir talks about the emerging economy where cellphones are both infrastructure and currency.