NYU Africa House is an interdisciplinary institute devoted to the study of contemporary Africa, focusing on economic, political, and social issues on the continent and programs in the Arts. Part of Africa House’s core mission is to advance the understanding of the links between Africa and the rest of the world, through the social, historical, economic and other lenses. Related to this, we also have relationships with African immigrant communities in New York City. NYU has a large number of professors and students doing research in the areas of Economic Development, Economic Growth and Macroeconomics, microfinance, analysis of the effectiveness of foreign aid, politics and political economy, law and legal institutions. Africa House regularly convenes high level talks and seminars, and has in the past featured African heads of state. We also host policy luncheons,  and research discussion presentations on focused topics. Our programs take place in New York City and in various capitals in Africa.

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CTED_NEWNYU Center for Technology and Economic Development

CTED is a research center at New York University that focuses on the development of innovative and cutting edge technologies that can significantly impact economic development with a specific focus on problems faced in under-developed areas around the world. CTED is headquartered in Abu Dhabi with branches in New York, Accra, and also soon in Addis Ababa.

CTED houses several research projects that aim to tackle a wide range of developmental problems across five areas including food and water, healthcare, financial access, energy, and education. Some of the specific ongoing research activities include: (a) Rural financial services; (b) Mobile market information systems; (c) Affordable solar energy platforms; (d) Low-cost rural wireless communications; (e) Next-generation mobile healthcare tools. The Center not only produces high quality research in the respective disciplinary fields, but also develops new ideas with big impacts for the poor and possible spinoffs in startups and licensing agreements. CTED projects have been pilot-tested in many countries in Asia, Africa, America, and the Middle East in partnership with several organizations in the individual countries.

The Center relies on the broad multi-disciplinary expertise already available at New York University and NYU Polytechnic Institute in economics and economic development, foreign policy, management, micro-finance, politics, computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, chemistry, material science and engineering. CTED works closely with NYU Africa House, the Development Research Institute and the NYU CATER Lab.

12_0110_DRI_ID_final_selectionNYU Development Research Institute (DRI)

Founded in 2006, the Development Research Institute (DRI) is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. DRI is an independent and non-partisan organization led by NYU Professors William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, and is home to a growing team of researchers and students.

In 2010, DRI’s accomplishments were recognized by a major international prize, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award. In the category of development cooperation, DRI was recognized for our “contribution to the analysis of foreign aid provision, and…challenge to the conventional wisdom in development assistance.” The BBVA awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of broad impact for their originality and theoretical significance.