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Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa - Fifth Anniversary Panel Discussion: Africa in the Next Decade

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 12:00 p.m. ILR Conference Center Room 423: The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa is a definitive and comprehensive account of the key issues and topics affecting Africa’s ability to grow and develop. On the fifth anniversary of its release, Cornell University will host an Editors' Panel Discussion, "Africa in the Next Decade," featuring Ernest Aryeetey, Shantayanan Devarajan, Ravi Kanbur, and Louis Kasekende.

Fall 2017 Seminar - China and Africa: Political, Cultural, and Economic Engagement

Although China–Africa engagement is not new, the engagement has increased remarkably in recent years, as highlighted by the phenomenal growth in trade and investment between China and Africa. Trade volumes between the two rose significantly, from US$10 billion in 2000 to more than US$198 billion in 2012. In 1996, China displaced the U.S. as Africa’s largest trading partner. China’s impact on African economies has been diverse, depending in part on the sectoral composition of each country’s production. Overall, China’s increased engagement on the continent has generated important gains for African economies and presents a significant opportunity for Africa’s growth and integration into the global economy.

The fall seminar series is expected to provide a forum for discussion and interrogation of these and other issues related to China’s rapidly growing engagement with Africa. We will begin with a broad overview of the topic, provided by Ambassador David Shinn. Subsequent presentations will include a historical perspective on China’s engagement with Africa, the importance of rhetoric in intercultural engage-ment, the impact of Chinese migration in Africa, the effects of China’s ocean policy on African maritime security, China-Africa litigation and dispute settlement, the importance of knowledge transfers between cultures, industrial labor relations with Chinese firms in Africa, the importance of African governance in partnership with China, and Chinese investment and financing models for infrastructure in Africa.

IAD News Bulletin Spring 2017

IAD is pleased to announce the release of our 2017 Bulletin. The publication features stories from the many-faceted faces of IAD: Student internships in Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, and Cameroon; a visit from Distinguished Africanist Scholar Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, who delivered a timely lecture on empathic leadership; Graduate Fellow profiles; updates on our symposia and seminars; an article on African Studies in East Asia, and so much more.

New Book Release: Poverty Reduction in the Course of African Development

An edited volume based on papers presented at an IAD symposium, the book honors the work of Erik Thorbecke, H.E. Babcock Professor of Economics, for his lifetime achievements on poverty reduction, especially in Africa.

Institute for African Development Book Launch

An edited volume based on papers presented at an IAD symposium, the book honors the work of Erik Thorbecke, H.E. Babcock Professor of Economics, for his lifetime achievements on poverty reduction, especially in Africa.

In light of the opportunities and the challenges facing African economies in the 21st century, the volume traces the evolution of poverty in the course of economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. By engaging with, and seeking to develop on, the work of Professor Erik Thorbecke, it examines the evolving dynamics of poverty in multiple dimensions.

A New Life for Old Machines

"As a Cornell technology specialist, Alan Heiman saw dozens of computers — whole labs full — discarded all at once, and with frightening regularity, because they had outlived their warranties. He thought that it didn’t make sense they should end up in a landfill when they were needed by so many people and often worked perfectly well, even though they were a little dated.

He began asking labs and libraries on campus to donate the machines instead, and with the help of Muna Ndulo, Cornell Law Professor, he shipped more than 100 computers to different locations in Africa. The project was slow to start — each time he made a shipment he thought it would be his last — but eventually he realized the group had enough volunteer support to become an ongoing initiative. “It just took off,” he said."

IAD Graduate Fellows 2016-2017

The Institute, in cooperation with other programs and organizations, awards several fellowships each year to African students admitted to graduate study at Cornell University.

Spring 2017 Seminar - Governance, Elections, Nationalism, and the Building of an Inclusive Democratic State

The Spring 2017 Issues in African Development seminar will take up the issues of governance, elections, and nationalism, with special emphasis on the question of how to build an inclusive democratic state. We will explore the challenges of developing inclusive governance structures and of managing ethnicity. How do we ensure that governance structures promote gender equality and the empowerment of women? How do we improve governance and strengthen national institutions in ways that ensure growth rather than promoting control and oppression? These issues must be addressed as we seek to consolidate democratic governance in Africa. (Photo courtesy of UN Media. "Elections in the Central African Republic.")

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela: Empathic Leadership

IAD Distinguished Africanist Scholar Fall 2016, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela of Stellenbosch University, South Africa, delivered a public lecture November 9 titled “What Does It Mean to be Human in the Aftermath of Historical Trauma: A Quest for the Empathic Witness.” Dr. Gobodo-Madikizela is Professor and Research Chair of Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch and served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa post-apartheid.