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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.

Inequality in Africa: Economic Vulnerability, Environmental Risks, and Inequitable Access to Justice

The debate on inequality has become a true global phenomenon. Oxfam report (2015) warned that “the combined wealth of the richest 1% will overtake that of the other 99% of people next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked.” As exclusion and inequality affects every section of society, the IAD/SAIPAR conference held the first week of August focused on several interconnected and interdisciplinary themes including growth, and poverty; regional integration; taxation; natural resources; and, access to justice.

IAD Graduate Fellows Profile

The Institute for African Development awards several tuition fellowship to graduate students from sub-Saharan African whose field of study centers on African development. Africans with permanent residency or citizenship outside Africa are ineligible. Personal application are not allowed. Candidates must be nominated by their department Chair or the Director of Graduate Studies.

Institute for African Development Symposium Keynote

The symposium on Development, Extremism, Security and the State in Africa will open with a keynote address by Carne Ross,
Founder and Director of Independent Diplomat,former UK delegation expert on the Middle East and
Strategy Coordinator for the UN in Kosovo, and author of The Leaderless Revolution

Seminar Series - Sustainable Development Goals: A Path to Inclusive, Sustainable, and Resilient Development

The Fall 2016 Issues in African Development seminar will take a close look at the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, launched by a UN Resolution in December 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals with a broader sustainability agenda. The SDGs go well beyond the MDGs to address the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. We propose to examine the question of whether the goals shift Africa onto a path of inclusive, sustainable, and resilient development. Do the SDGs encapsulate an agenda that will end poverty by 2030 and promote prosperity and well-being while protecting the environment? What strategies are appropriate to make this vision a reality?

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