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    Africa's rapid economic transformation
    Check out this article co-authored by Thom Jayne, Adesoji Adelaja, and one of AAP's co-directors, Richard Mkandawire.   The article provides a powerful message of hope for Africa. In spite of wars, famine and poverty they argue that Africa has made major strides in living standards, there is clearly a new generation that provide promise for the transformation of the continent. The underlying message is that they have in the making a cadre of African entrepreneurs that are delinking from the past.   Click on the link below to read more:   https://www.rural21.com/english/current-issue/detail/article/africas-rapid-economic-transformation.html
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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    Webinar: Graduate School Application and Experience in North America and Europe-Lagos Studies Assoc.
    Webinars will be held October, 3, 10, 17, and 24 hosted by the Lagos Studies Association At its annual Conference, the Lagos Studies Association organizes workshops on graduate school application and experience in North America and Europe, featuring graduate school faculty and students. Unfortunately, COVID-19 pandemic did not allow the conference to hold this year. We are happy to hold these events via Zoom Webinars on October 3, 10, 17, and 24. See full schedule below.   Graduate School Application and Experience in North America: Perspectives from Graduate Students   Date: October 10 Time: 5-7pm (Nigeria Time)   Panelists Chair: Tosin Gbogi (Marquette University/African Literature and Popular Culture)   Discussants Ayodeji Adegbite (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Samuel Kehinde Adesubokan (University of Victoria) Esther Ajayi-Lowo (Texas Woman’s University) Omoyemi Ajisebutu (Northwestern University) Theophilus Okunlola (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Yolanda Osondu (University of Calgary)   Topics for discussion include but not limited to the following: • Preparing for the Graduate Record Examination • Taking the Test of English as Foreign Language/Navigating waiver • Choosing graduate program and writing statement of purpose • Coursework, qualifying exam, and reading concentration • Adjusting to a new academic culture • Conducting fieldwork and sourcing for external funding • Writing your dissertation and preparing for the job market   Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86544791933?pwd=aXBuaC9zNVNnOHM0WnNIWnpyWURYZz09 Webinar ID: 865 4479 1933 Passcode: 990616 Also via LSA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/205111409881162     ----------     Graduate School Application and Experience in Europe: Perspectives from Graduate School Faculty   Date: Oct. 17 Time: 5-7pm (Nigeria Time)     Panelists Panel Chair: Oliver Coates (University of Cambridge/History)   Discussants Shola Adenekan (University of Amsterdam/African Literature and New Media) Simidele Dosekun (London School of Economics and Political Science/Feminist Studies) Emilie Guitard (French National Center for Scientific Research/Anthropology) Steven Pierce (University of Manchester/History) Dmitri van den Bersselaar (Leipzig University /History)     Topics for discussion include but not limited to the following: • Things to consider when picking graduate program • Contacting prospective supervisors: Dos and Don’ts • What admission committees look for in application dossier • Writing competitive PhD proposal • Funding for graduate education   Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83891051455?pwd=aG8zeEwydWUvT0NScEFtOEluQjBLUT09 Webinar ID: 838 9105 1455 Passcode: 787421 Also via LSA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/205111409881162     ----------   Graduate School Application and Experience in Europe: Perspectives from Graduate Students     Date: Oct. 24 Time: 5-7pm (Nigeria Time)     Panelists   Panel Chair:  Peter Oderinde (University of Basel)   Discussants Daniel Chukwuemeka (University of Bristol) Tolulope Ilesanmi (University of Basel) Jammie Titilayo (Technische Universität Darmstadt) Seun Williams (The Graduate School of International and Development Studies)     Topics for discussion include but not limited to the following: • Things to consider when picking graduate program • Contacting prospective supervisors: Dos and Don’ts • What admission committees look for in application dossier • Writing competitive PhD proposal • Funding for graduate education   Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85076855946?pwd=R2MvV3RzR2RIN0NGTkp3UndXVVpiZz09 Webinar ID: 850 7685 5946 Passcode: 848810 Also via LSA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/205111409881162  
    By: Amy Jamison

  • Department of State Fellows Alumnus Continued Success!
    AAP is excited to share that Raymond Musiima, an MSU alumnus of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Professional Fellows Program, recently received a grant from Comic Relief to work with young refugees in Uganda to address mental health issues through sports. The program, Obstacle Race Against Stigma and Shame, is set to launch January 2021 and continue through the end of 2024.   We congratulate you Raymond on the continued success!
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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    AAU Virtual African Academic Diasporic Homecoming Side Event
    On 29 September at 12:30 PM EDT, the AAP, will be hosting a side event webinar on "Building women research leaders from African Institutions – Sharing perspectives" during the Association of African Universities Diaspora Conference.   The event will be moderated by one of our very own co-directors, Dr. Jose Jackson-Malete, and she will be joined by panelists: - Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins, British Academy Global Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL - Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University - Ms. Millicent L. Liani, DELTAS PhD Fellow, Center for Capacity Research at LSTM - Dr. Welore Tamboura, Lecturer from Université des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako   Click on the link below to register:   https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oHfxIxvZRFK4igInnmb8jw?fbclid=IwAR3E-EEjSk-O0pPKUNrhIRtrLz4q2MIhSK1DAi09NkO1nPek7_ATvAT2af4
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • Gender-Specific Livelihood Strategies for Coping with Climate Change-Induced Food Insecurity
    This study assessed the livelihood strategies adopted by husbands and wives within the same households for coping with climate- induced food insecurity in Southeast Nigeria. Collective and bargaining approaches were used in collecting individual and intra- household-level data of 120 pairs of spouses in Southeast Nigeria; husbands and wives were interviewed separately. Focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and household surveys were used to elicit responses from the respondents. Quantitative data for the study were analyzed using percentage, mean scores, and multinomial logit regression analysis. Results of the study revealed that 90% of the wives were more food insecure than their husbands (79.2%). The respondents noted that the observed changes in the climate contributed immensely to their food insecurity situation. To cope with food insecurity, a slightly higher proportion (47.3% and 14.2%) of wives adopted on-farm and non-farm strategies, respectively, while men (39.8%) adopted more off-farm strategies (38.5%). Additionally, results of the multinomial logit regression revealed that market distance and credit access significantly influenced the choice of husbands’ and wives’ engagement in off-farm livelihood strategy; sourcing infor- mation on climate change issues significantly influenced women’s choice of engagement in off-farm/non-farm strategy; and receiving remittances significantly influenced men’s choice of engagement in non-farm strategy. The study concluded that, although women play crucial roles in addressing food insecurity within their households, gender-specific obstacles typically impede their abilities to cope with climate-induced food insecurity.
    By: Ifeoma Anugwa
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  • Web Presentations: Harnessing the Power of Data for Smallholders Data and the Path to Food Security
    Check out these webinar presentations on Harnessing the Power of Data for Smallholders Data and the Path to Food Security, shared by African Fertilizer and Agribusinesss Partnership.   Follow the link to see all the recorded presentations.   https://www.afap-partnership.org/webinar-presentations-harnessing-the-power-of-data-for-smallholders-data-and-the-path-to-food-security/    
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • Reducing stigma and discrimination in access to HIV health care for gay and bisexual men....
    This case study highlights two examples of community-led monitoring using mystery patient methods to document stigma and discrimination in the provision of HIV health care. The process and outcomes of using these methods in Cameroon and Zimbabwe are described. In each country over a period of 10-12 months, gay and bisexual men and transgender women documented their experiences of seeking care in select health care facilities. In Cameroon, the data were used to to create sensitization trainings for health care workers. In Zimbabwe, health care workers, health care facilities, and the local LGBT community created a continuous improvement feedback system to improve the quality of care for gay and bisexual men.
    By: Robin Lin Miller
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  • PASET-RSIF PhD Scholarships in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology
    The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the goal of strengthening skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the flagship program of PASET. RSIF focuses on transformative technologies that have a far-reaching positive impact on society. It is funded by contributions from African governments, the World Bank and the Government of Korea and facilitated by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya. RSIF aims to train quality PhD students and post-doctoral researchers at selected African universities (‘African Host Universities’) to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields in SSA. RSIF also supports the strengthening of research and innovation ecosystems at the African Host Universities by providing funding through competitive grants. Deadline for submission: 15th JUNE 2020, 17:00 (East Africa Time UTC+3)   Follow the link below to learn more: https://www.rsif-paset.org/calls/scholarships-call/">https://www.rsif-paset.org/calls/scholarships-call/" rel="nofollow">https://www.rsif-paset.org/calls/scholarships-call/
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • PASET-RSIF PhD Scholarships in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology
    The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the goal of strengthening skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the flagship program of PASET. RSIF focuses on transformative technologies that have a far-reaching positive impact on society. It is funded by contributions from African governments, the World Bank and the Government of Korea and facilitated by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya. RSIF aims to train quality PhD students and post-doctoral researchers at selected African universities (‘African Host Universities’) to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields in SSA. RSIF also supports the strengthening of research and innovation ecosystems at the African Host Universities by providing funding through competitive grants. Deadline for submission: 15th JUNE 2020, 17:00 (East Africa Time UTC+3)   Follow the link below to learn more: https://www.rsif-paset.org/calls/scholarships-call/">https://www.rsif-paset.org/calls/scholarships-call/
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • AAP Public Dialogue Series-"COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses & lessons learned from African universities
    As nations continue to come to terms with coping and finding solutions to the challenges that have beset them with the onslaught of COVID-19, the Alliance for African Partnership has established a public dialogue series with speakers including the Vice Chancellors, researchers and other relevant staff at AAP consortium universities, as well as representatives of the public and private sector, funding partners, think tanks, and NGOs, among others. Partnering with the MSU African Studies Center, the Tanzania Partnership Program, and University World News - Africa, the AAP will host a series of six virtual dialogues throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic covering a variety of topics and themes. All are welcomed to attend these virtual webinars and submit questions for featured panelists. University leaders from across the continent came together to discuss their institutions' response to the crisis and share best practices on how to move forward. We were joined by: • Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University• Ibrahima Thioub, Rector, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop• Rose Mwonya, Vice Chancellor, Egerton University• David Norris, Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana• Moderator: Paul Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, US International University - Africa For more information, including how to register for future dialogues, please visit our website: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/">https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/
    By: Elaina Lawrence

  • AAP Public Dialogue Series-"COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses & lessons learned from African universities
    As nations continue to come to terms with coping and finding solutions to the challenges that have beset them with the onslaught of COVID-19, the Alliance for African Partnership has established a public dialogue series with speakers including the Vice Chancellors, researchers and other relevant staff at AAP consortium universities, as well as representatives of the public and private sector, funding partners, think tanks, and NGOs, among others. Partnering with the MSU African Studies Center, the Tanzania Partnership Program, and University World News - Africa, the AAP will host a series of six virtual dialogues throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic covering a variety of topics and themes. All are welcomed to attend these virtual webinars and submit questions for featured panelists. University leaders from across the continent came together to discuss their institutions' response to the crisis and share best practices on how to move forward. We were joined by: • Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University• Ibrahima Thioub, Rector, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop• Rose Mwonya, Vice Chancellor, Egerton University• David Norris, Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana• Moderator: Paul Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, US International University - Africa   For more information, including how to register for future dialogues, please visit our website: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/">https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/
    By: Elaina Lawrence

  • AAP Public Dialogue Series-"COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses & lessons learned from African universities
    As nations continue to come to terms with coping and finding solutions to the challenges that have beset them with the onslaught of COVID-19, the Alliance for African Partnership has established a public dialogue series with speakers including the Vice Chancellors, researchers and other relevant staff at AAP consortium universities, as well as representatives of the public and private sector, funding partners, think tanks, and NGOs, among others. Partnering with the MSU African Studies Center, the Tanzania Partnership Program, and University World News - Africa, the AAP will host a series of six virtual dialogues throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic covering a variety of topics and themes. All are welcomed to attend these virtual webinars and submit questions for featured panelists. University leaders from across the continent came together to discuss their institutions' response to the crisis and share best practices on how to move forward. We were joined by: • Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University• Ibrahima Thioub, Rector, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop• Rose Mwonya, Vice Chancellor, Egerton University• David Norris, Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana• Moderator: Paul Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, US International University - Africa   For more information, including how to register for future dialogues, please visit our website: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/?fbclid=IwAR0csDD-nV7dmLpWPIUbJfW1ypn9CujoHQGqnoMnS3caGckY16_-gesfooE" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow" data-ft="{"tn":"-U"}" data-lynx-mode="async" data-lynx-uri="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Faap.isp.msu.edu%2Fresearch-funding%2Faap-public-dialogue-sessions%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0csDD-nV7dmLpWPIUbJfW1ypn9CujoHQGqnoMnS3caGckY16_-gesfooE&h=AT25vUkcjCSzrsk6zTvMc6JQF_lnvaHHrkujvmubQqsbU4OxvZYx5o3CSMKIv46v5b2YWVrPNBlEMcgoaxaeZgO8uCXinfOc-4SyFwmbOcYrRYfjXsRSsW2ruF7xO61RZtR3dMBQs0UfMfXgkqOLqOEaQcQWszV0yVdstC0RnLPDnccjBoPaomaT2ZymUO8AzMyi3yFM3gB1vLalAhHYuBxdxKyicVfbDJpxq2QAuBHdbthSymmYL3fGwuVPI2wBbBbNA4zaGZVwAZN06vUweOdeQDTtnb_JWXi76ZGO-wM6XQfLiGPOloCBRaG8rBNm360rQQRAbYOgHmsY_dIPAvgJyxMQxpyen03TftrU-dRvmjeqlhedzmYXPN2CcWXfBgvgyzQmUdp8_WeHBUQsvgXds1_6buyObhH9jmWtXCLHesIsrDwFbOBcaUscc8rNGghRZCOZ3q4lTdjP6nVeN26YJaWZ7GZpvhi1OZbtjjKEb8ijYyBK46Bz6lzpu9RYyjHqIWQEp_oy-nJBNQv-mS22CL-iti2aOrdRV5au7Km_KNoxIugwItX42RhPQ22G9CLrruSIRvh4XAsj2MTv-9Cbm771t8uNIL_P8cPPmFjF1SMzo1kK5hrDuZ7oP6LkIHR25MlzF44Lzh_9Qg">https://aap.isp.msu.edu/resea…/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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