Africa Center Map

The Africa Center at CSU: Projects and Partnerships

This interactive map shows the variety of CSU projects in Africa. Browse through the thumbnails, or click on the map for more information on each project!

Do you have a project to add to the map?  If so, please contact Renée.

The Africa Center Invited Guest Speaker :: Helene Smuts

Helene Smuts
The Africa Center Invited Guest Speaker
Tuesday September 27, 2016
University Center for the Arts :: Gregory Allicar Museum of Art
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. :: Lecture
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. :: Reception
Africa meets Africa

The Africa Center Coffee Social Fall 2016 Schedule

Join us for African coffee!!  The Africa Center hosts a monthly coffee social during the school year and all students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited!

This is a great opportunity to meet others who work in Africa and discuss current research.

Freshly brewed African coffee is served with tea, juice, and breakfast snacks.  

Click Read More to see the coffee social dates for the Fall 2016 semester.  

President's Community Lecture Series featuring The Africa Center's Dr. Robin Reid

President's Community Lecture Series featuring The Africa Center's Dr. Robin Reid

Dr. Robin Reid has found ways to bring together businesses, government, citizens, and scientists
to work out solutions for complicated conservation problems. Come hear her speak about the ways she and her colleagues have turned Colorado State University into a global leader in helping diverse people work as one with nature.

Tuesday, Sept. 27
Lory Student Center Theatre
Colorado State University Campus
Fort Collins, Colo.

6:30 p.m. | Lecture
7:45 p.m. | Q&A

CSU professor of anthropology Kathleen Galvin has been named as a lead author to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

Galvin, director of The Africa Center in CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, was nominated by the U.S. government to participate in the IPBES program. Authors are selected through an international process led by the IPBES multidisciplinary expert panel (MEP) and the three IPBES co-chairs. The team of authors includes 122 experts split among six chapters.

We enjoyed learning about the 25 new books by African writers that we should read in Aaron Bady's blog, "25 NEW BOOKS BY AFRICAN WRITERS YOU SHOULD READ: TAHAR BEN JELLOUN, A. IGONI BARRETT, YAA GYASI, AND MANY MORE".  

Happy reading!!

Photo credit: Aaron Bady

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship: Soil C dynamics in smallholder agriculture

PhD students should check out this research assistantship in Africa!  Applications accepted until October 10th.  Click here to view a PDF with details about the opportunity.  



Sept. 15 @ 5:30 p.m. Mary Wykstra, Action for Cheetahs speaking event with African Market

Mary Wykstra is the director of Carnivores, Livelihoods and Landscapes at Acton for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) in Nairobi, Kenya.  She will be visiting CSU and presenting a conservation lecture with African Market on Thursday September 15, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in AZ W205.  

We recommend Sophie Mbugua's article, 'Q&A: Livestock insurance helps African herders survive droughts'.  In the article you will learn about a Kenyan economist who won the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award from the World Food Prize for an innovative program that provides pastoralists with livestock insurance.

TED Talk: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, "How Africa can keep rising"

Respected global economist, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala shares "How Africa can keep rising" in her TED talk from June 2016.  

African growth is a trend, not a fluke, says economist and former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In this refreshingly candid and straightforward talk, Okonjo-Iweala describes the positive progress on the continent and outlines eight challenges African nations still need to address in order to create a better future ("TED", 2016).


From CSU's Source: Young alumna buzzes with excitement over malaria research

Read about CSU alumna Jasmine Donkoh's research and prestigious fellowship with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research in this recent article from CSU's Source, "Young alumna buzzes with excitement over malaria research".

Photo: Donkoh at the CSU Arthropod-Borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory

Photo Credit: Source

CSU Meets Africa: Visual Pathways in Art and Education (South Africa)

This summer program focuses on the Arts of Africa through the study of artistic methods and techniques, cultural context, and global significance. 

Students will gain an introduction to the visual arts of Africa, followed by an in-depth study of studio art methods and techniques, art history and museum studies, art education, community engagement and cultural management. 

We recommend "Keeping pace with climate change in crop development" from The Conversation, which highlights a new study that finds the new crop varieties that are being developed in Africa are struggling to cope with the rate of climatic change.

Photo credit: Shutterstock​; obtained from The Conversation

In April 2016, 60 climate services stakeholders from Senegal and Mali met in Dakar to launch a new project, called 'Climate information services for increased resilience and productivity in Senegal' (CINSERE), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Photo:  CINSERE inception workshop participants hold discussions during the meeting.

Photo credit: M. Dione. View more photos of the workshop.

Click here to read a press release from Save the Elephants that details how Vietnam is now one of the world’s biggest illegal ivory markets. The number of items seen for sale had risen by over six times from 2008 to 2015, according to a survey report released by Save the Elephants. Ivory researchers, Lucy Vigne and Esmond Martin, found that the overwhelming majority of raw tusks sold wholesale in Vietnam are smuggled in from Africa, in contrast to the 2008 research conducted by Dan Stiles who found the majority of tusks to have originated from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This shift presents a threat to Africa’s elephants.

Read the entire report, "Vietnam's Illegal Ivory Trade Threatens Africa's Elephants" by Vigne and Martin.  

Photo credit: Save the Elephants

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)

The CADFP offers short-term fellowships to African-born academics residing in the United States and Canada. Selected Fellows collaborate with African universities on projects of 14-90 days in the areas of curriculum co-development, graduate student teaching/mentoring and research. Projects are completed in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Scholars who meet all eligibility requirements can sign up to be on the roster of qualified academics. Scholar applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the next cutoff date for application review is December 8, 2016. To learn more, please visit our program website ( and/or contact program staff at

Photo credit: CADFP

Learn about Africa's top innovators who were recently named to the Quartz Africa Innovators list for 2016!!!  These individuals have been chosen for their groundbreaking work, thought-leading initiatives, and creative approaches to problems.  

Photo credit: Karabo Moletsane; obtained from Quartz Africa 

Tolaro Global, a Benin-based processor of raw cashew nuts, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to increase the number of smallholders supplying raw materials, provide fair trade and organic certification to cashew growers, and utilise clean energy solutions to power the company’s plant and surrounding community by 2020.  

Photo credit: Business Call to Action (obtained from The Guardian)

The 9th International Wildlife Ranching Symposium is scheduled to be held September 12 - 16, 2016 at Hotel Safari and the Safari Court in Windhoek, Namibia.  For more information click here.

The Africa Center's Research Fellow Dr. Matthew Luizza Offered Prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship!

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Luizza on receiving a coveted AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship in Washington D.C. with Fish and Wildlife Service International- Africa Branch. Matt is a recent PhD graduate from CSU's Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and a current Research Fellow with the Africa Center. 

Photo credit: Dr. Matthew Luizza

Check out this interesting article about Africa's Migratory Songbirds from The Conversation, "There’s a reason why Africa’s migratory songbirds sing out of season".

Photo credit: Photo obtained from The Conversation

The Africa Center's Director Dr. Kathleen Galvin speaks about Africa and the Center on "The Sustainablity Hour" radio show, which is sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainabiliy.

We recommend the podcast: Bionic Planet: The Podcast of the Anthropocene. Click this link to listen to The 40,000-Year-Old-Question/Part One. In this podcast you will hear how Tanzania's Hadza people are both adapting to and combating climate change -- and how we can all learn from them.

Traditional Community Mechanisms for Coping with Climate Change Among the Ilchamus Pastoralists in Marigat District Kenya

Congratulations to Dr. Clement Lenachuru who recently completed his PhD in CSU’s Department of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship advised by Dr. Maria Fernandez-Gimenez.

Recently Clement shared details about his research with the Africa Center.  Click Read More to see pictures and read about his work in Kenya.

Dr. Laurie Marker, Cheetah Conservation Fund

We are delighted to share Dr. Laurie Marker's talk from her spring 2016 visit to CSU.  The speaking engagement was hosted by The Africa Center and The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University.

We recommend the Journal of Applied Ecology blog post 'Showing the way for carnivore conservation: lions can survive without fences with the help of Community Conservancies'.  In this post Sara Blackburn discusses her paper Human–wildlife conflict, benefit sharing and the survival of lions in pastoralist community-based conservancies‘, which highlights how Community Conservancies are helping lions survive in Africa. 

Photo Credit: Obtained from the Journal of Applied Ecology

TED Talk: The fractals at the heart of African designs

We recommend the TED Talk:  The fractals at the heart of African designs by Ron Eglash.

'I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.'  That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.

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Drought is an extremely serious crisis in Africa. To learn about the current conditions, we recommend this article from The GuardianDrought and rising temperatures 'leaves 36m people across Africa facing hunger', by  and .  

In the photo: A maize plant among other dried maize in a field in Hoopstad in the Free State province, South Africa. The country suffered its driest year on record in 2015. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Photo obtained from The Guardian

Have you seen us in the Source?  Our recent Africa Center talk that featured NPR's Jason Beaubien is highlighted in the article, "NPR’s Jason Beaubien talks Ebola, Zika March 22".  

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