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Making Higher Education Work for Africa

 

Harvard University, together with USIU-Africa and Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP), the Ford Foundation, University of Johannesburg, and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, partnered in organizing a Conference on the Role of the Diaspora in the Revitalization of African Higher Education, which took place at Harvard University’s Center for African Studies, in the U.S. city of Boston. 

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HBS Case Study: Nelson Mandela, Turnaround Leader

On this 8th Nelson Mandela International Day, we invite you to explore a Harvard Business School case study on Nelson Mandel developed by Rosabeth M. Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and Euvin Naidoo, Partner & Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group, Johannesburg. Pioneered by HBS faculty and one of the highlights of the HBS experience, the case method is a profound educational innovation that presents the greatest challenges confronting leading companies, nonprofits, and government organizations—

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8th Mandela Day Marked with Reflection On 1998 Harvard University Commencement

18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born —marks Nelson Mandela International Day. On this day, the UN asks individuals around the world to mark the day by making a difference in their communities. As you reflect, take a look back at a 1998 Harvard Crimson article anticipating a special Harvard University commencement honoring Nelson Mandela's contribution to causes of peace and freedom: 

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We Didn’t Realize It Would Be So Easy to Fight and So Hard to Transform

Winnie Mandela
Winnie Mandela
Today I had the great privilege of meeting and speaking with Winnie Mandela, widow of Nelson Mandela and a crucial leader of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa in her own right.

Several of us were in Johannesburg for the opening of the Harvard Center for African Studies (CAS) office here – the first CAS outpost on the continent. I’m the HBS representative to the CAS Executive Committee. We also have an office here – the brand new HBS Africa Research Center under the direction of Pippa Armerding – and I’m the Faculty Chair.

Emmanuel Akyeampong is the Faculty Director of the Harvard Center for African Studies. He’s a historian originally from Ghana and has been at Harvard for about 25 years. Read more about We Didn’t Realize It Would Be So Easy to Fight and So Hard to Transform

Placing People at the Heart of African Economics

capeIn January 2016, Greive Chelwa joined the Harvard University Center for African Studies as an African Studies Postdoctoral Fellow. An economist by trade, Chelwa explores the importance of putting people at the heart of his work in the piece below:

It’s common for economists to describe their work as falling into one type of economics. There are "industrial economists”, “labor economists”, “macroeconomists”, “behavioral economists”, “trade economists”, “development economists”, “growth economists”, “health economists" and so on. Whereas demarcating terrain in this way is understandable — for instance in stressing different types of methodological approaches — it can and has caused economists to lose sight of the forest for the trees. Read more about Placing People at the Heart of African Economics

Texts, Knowledge, Practice: The Meaning of Scholarship in Muslim Africa

Sitting at the intersection of African, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies, Islam in Africa has long suffered from a crisis of disciplinary identity. Neither strictly area nor religious studies, Islam in Africa has only recently received attention within the academy. The shift is long overdue; Africa has influenced scholarship throughout the Islamic World for more than a millennium. With the spread of Arabic literacy, African scholars developed a rich tradition of debate over orthodoxy and meaning in Islam. The rise of such a tradition was hardly disconnected from centers of Islamic

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Spatializing Social Research: Locating Peace after Mass Violence

Delia Wendel, Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, combines spatial and social research strategies in her work in post-genocide Rwanda. Wendel’s contribution critically analyzes Rwanda’s villagization policy as part of its peacebuilding efforts after a devastating civil war. Below, Wendel discusses her work, in a blog that originally appeared as a post on Items,

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Building African Cities through Smart Infrastructure Planning

John MacomberRapidly growing cities in Africa and around the world are constrained by the funding and delivery of basic infrastructure, including water, transit, power, and communications. New technologies, new business models, public-private partnerships, and increasing interest from financial investors should be able to mitigate some of these constraints, help individuals to improve their lives, and provide attractive business and investing opportunities. In theory, well-matched finance, appropriate design, and capable execution in addressing these components of cities can help urban areas to be more competitive with other cities, more environmentally friendly, and better able to provide opportunity for residents. Read more about Building African Cities through Smart Infrastructure Planning

Center for African Studies Presents International Premiere of Critically Acclaimed Nigerian Production, HEAR WORD!

The critically acclaimed Nigerian production of HEAR WORD! Naija Women Talk True directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa made its international premiere on April 15th, 2016 at the Harvard Dance Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The production was proudly presented by the Center for African Studies in association with the American Repertory Theater, the Division of Social Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Dance Center, the Hutchins Center for African &

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