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African Development Conference Advances South-South Collaboration

African countries are looking beyond traditional partners in the West and forging South-South linkages in trade and politics. This trend was front and center at the 6th Annual African Development Conference (ADC), with the theme, “Looking South – Moving Forward: Fostering development collaboration within the global South.”

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Ebola in Interdisciplinary Perspective

The Harvard University Center for African Studies convened a unique panel discussion on the Ebola epidemic that delved into critical, yet less well-understood, aspects of the crisis by approaching the topic across disciplines. Medical specialists discussed the clinical, research, and public health aspects of the disease with an historian and a media expert. Together, these diverse panelists came to unique and concerning conclusions about the likely scenarios for ending the present epidemic, as well as future ones. By combining the findings and approaches of these very different disciplines… Read more about Ebola in Interdisciplinary Perspective

ASW Conference 2014: Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa

The African Studies Workshop (ASW) culminates each year with a conference event in the spring.  The 2014, entitled Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa, was held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Knafel Center.  The scholarly objectives of the conference were to interrogate — to document, analyze, and theorize — changes in the politics, economics, and cultural practices surrounding the institution of chiefship, and of the so-called “customary,” under present-day conditions in Africa. We sought to explore the impact of the global economy, liberalization, state transformation,… Read more about ASW Conference 2014: Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa

ASW Conference 2013: Extractive Economies and the State in Contemporary Africa

The African Studies Workshop culminates each year with a conference event in the spring.  The 2013 conference, entitled Extractive Economies and the State in Contemporary Africa, was held on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Tsai Auditorium.  

The conference dealt with a critical dimension of dynamic and process of “Africa rising” – the changing impact of extractive economies across the continent. This impact is felt in diverse ways by different African populations, an impact mediated in complex ways by African states, not least in their relations with global corporations, local… Read more about ASW Conference 2013: Extractive Economies and the State in Contemporary Africa

Sound the Horn

"Sound the Horn: Famine in the Horn of Africa" was hosted by the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change; Department of Global Health & Social Change at Harvard Medical School, Committee on African Studies at Harvard University, and the Weatherhead Center For International Affairs at Harvard University, and Harvard Undergraduate Council. The lecture was considered to be Harvard’s response to the Somali famine after United Nations officials declared the official end to the crisis. Specialists such as Professor of Political Science at Davidson College Ken Menkhaus and Harvard… Read more about Sound the Horn

Reimagining South Sudan

“Seventy percent of the richest quintile in South Sudan owns a pair of shoes. For the poor its only 30 percent.”
– Lant Pritchett, Professor of Economic Development at the Harvard Kennedy School

In a historic referendum on January 9, 2011, nearly 99% of voters in Southern Sudan cast their ballots in favor of secession from the North. With independence on the horizon, the Harvard Committee on African Studies and the Harvard Committee on Ethnic Studies invited the community to hear from Harvard and South Sudan’s top health, economic development, governance,… Read more about Reimagining South Sudan