I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support, interest, and engagement with Africa House over the years. As we release the 2015-2016 newsletter, we reflect on the tremendous research activities, programs, and interest in Africa across NYU’s global network of campuses. Through rich and vibrant discourse on Africa, research activities, and engagement with NYU faculty members, scholars, and students, we realize the outlook for Africa is bright.
Throughout the year, Africa House hosts a variety of economic and development related conferences and workshops on Africa. This year was an exciting year for Africa House and the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) as we grew the scope of our programs and research activities. We concluded our pilot baseline research activities on commodities exchanges in Africa. In the context of that baseline study in Kumawu, Ghana, we indicated the existing data available and the data needed for a successful impact evaluation of a commodities exchange. Now, we are in beta testing on a number of mobile phone applications at CTED to collect the baseline data for a nationwide, impact evaluation of the forthcoming exchange. We did this in partnership with the NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute, the International Growth Centre (IGC), donors, and a number of community research partners.
During the 10th Annual Presidential Forum, we welcomed H.E. Jakaya M. Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, and Ministers of Tourism representing five countries. In December 2015 in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and local community partners, we launched the 1st Rural Tourism Development Forum in Kumawu, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana with Hon. Minister Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare of Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts in Ghana, to address the challenges and potentials of developing tourism in rural communities. In collaboration with African Development Bank and the Africa Travel Association, we released the 3rd edition of the Africa Tourism Monitor.
To support scholarship in Africa, we have expanded our student research fellowship programs to provide students with funding and opportunities to undertake research on the continent. Thanks to the generous support of donors, we currently offer four awards: the Africa House/CTED Development Impact Fellowship, the Thoyer Fellowship, the Robert Holmes Travel/Research Award for African Scholarship (with GSAS), and the Gallatin-Africa House Summer Fellowships.
We thank all of you for your support over the years and encourage you to continue to attend our programs and stay engaged with Africa. For more information on upcoming Africa House programs, please visit our website and stay connected with us on social media via Facebook and Twitter.
Professor Yaw Nyarko
Director of Africa House