2016 January Term Grant Projects

The Center for African Studies offers grants to Undergraduate and Graduate students across Harvard’s colleges for Africa-related research.  Grant awards are limited, and intended to cover otherwise unfunded costs of round-trip travel and modest accommodations. Following competitive review of the applications received in October 2015, the following students have received grant awards from the Center to support their research during the 2016 Winter Break:

PROJECT: Status Building Strategies Among Small Businesses in Togo. By Stefan Dimitriadis, a doctoral student at Harvard Business School studying Organizational Behavior.

PROJECT: How Can the Kenyan Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise (MOI) More Efficiently Coordinate and Manage its Resources to Reduce the 4-6% GDP Performance Gap in the Manufacturing Sector? Case Study: Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park (NITP). By Amandla Ooko-Ombaka, a master’s student at Harvard Business School and Harvard School of Public Health studying Business Administration and Public Administration with a focus on International Development.

PROJECT: Khadija’s Sahelian Milieu: Logic Manuscripts, Female Jurists, Scholastic Pedagogy. By David Owen, a doctoral student at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences studying Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

PROJECT: Fiqh of the Shanaqita: The Making of Legal Literature in the Islamic Sahel. By Matthew Steele, a doctoral student at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences studying Islamic Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

PROJECT: Poverty and Unmet Needs in Reproductive Health Among Adolescents and Youth in Central Africa. By Emma Din, a master’s student at Harvard School of Public Health studying Global Health and Population.

PROJECT: Evaluating the Impact of School Based Health Programs on Children’s Well-Being and Academic Performance in Lusaka, Zambia Midline Data Collection. By Rachel Brigell, a master’s student at Harvard School of Public Health studying Global Health and Population.

PROJECT: What Impact Does the 2014 Recognition of Muslim Marriages as Legal Have on the Rights of Muslim Women in South Africa, Particularly in the Areas of Marriage, Divorce, and Intestate/Succession? By Katherine Gonzalez, a juris doctor student at Harvard Law School.

PROJECT: Participatory Methods in Evaluation Design: A Case Study of World Vision and SOMREP’s Reconstruction Activities in Somalia. By Carlyn James, a master’s student at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

PROJECT: Evaluating the Determinants of Access to NCD Services in HIV Patients Receiving Care at Public Clinics in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. By Alexander Kintu, a doctoral student at Harvard School of Public Health studying Global Health and Population.