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New IAD/CSP Book Series

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Cornell Institute for African Development/
Cambridge Scholars Publishing Book Series

The Cornell Institute for African Development (IAD) and Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP), (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) have established a book series that aims to provide a forum for the publication of monographs and edited volumes dealing with multi-disciplinary development issues relating to Africa. The overall objective is to publish books across a wide range of theoretical and practical legal, political, economic, and social development topics; the goal of the series is to make creative contributions to development policy in Africa while also contributing to meaningful, contemporary studies of Africa and the world in general. Manuscripts will be peer reviewed. The IAD/CSP Editorial Board will oversee the assessment and selection of manuscripts for publication. 

 IAD solicits manuscripts to be published in the series.

IAD Director Ndulo Named "National Treasure" by Diverse Magazine

Ndulo photoIAD Director and Cornell Law Professor Muna Ndulo was named a "National Treasure" in an article published by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, the national bi-weekly newsmagazine focusing on matters of access and opportunity for all in higher education. As cited in the article, Professor Ndulo is "an international authority on African legal systems, human rights and development." As such, he "has keen insight into some of the conflicts and turbulent events that have dominated world news in recent months." In his interview with the magazine, Ndulo pointed to poverty as the root of much of the turbulence in the world.

In a 2011 article, "African Customary Law, Customs, and Women's Rights," published in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Ndulo wrote, "The discrimination against women is rooted in inequality, male domination, poverty, aggression, misogyny, and entrenched customs and myths. The real solution to the problem is eradication of customs that undermine the dignity of women.”

However, in an interview with Diverse, he went on to say that there is one underlying cause of the problems, not just in Africa, but in all developing countries. "To me," he said, "the biggest challenge in the world and in Africa is addressing poverty and inequality.”

Two New Courses Being Offered in Southern Africa

South Africa CoursesThe Institute for African Development is pleased to announce two courses (one new, one inaugurated in Fall 2013) being offered in southern Africa. The courses are Law and Social Change: Comparative Law in Africa (Law 6655) and History, Politics, and Social Engagement in Southern Africa (CRP 3850). Law and Social Change begins on the Cornell campus during the fall semester and concludes with three weeks in Johannesburg, South Africa, during winter break. Last year, students enrolled in this course took part in an exciting educational experience that enhanced their intercultural competence. History, Politics, and Social Engagement is a three-week course to be held in Lusaka, Zambia. The course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about the history and politics of southern Africa and at the same time get immersed in community engagement, projects, and culture in the host country. The course includes trips to historical and cultural attractions as well as to a game park.

IAD Spring 2014 Symposium

Shutterstock AfricaFinancing Innovation and Sustainable
Development in Africa

April 25-26, 2014
Presentations now available online

Carrier Ballroom, Statler Hotel, Cornell University

Symposium sponsored by the Cornell Institute for African Development (IAD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB)

Schedule of Events

The Cornell Institute for African Development (IAD), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), is holding a symposium on the theme Financing Innovation and Development in Africa April 25–26, 2014, on the Cornell University campus. The symposium will explore the complex world of development financing, whose direction in recent years has become a major point of discussion.

IAD and the African Development Bank (AfDB)
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