The Africa Center Newsroom

Innovation is happening in Nigerian schools - read more in Hadassah Egbedi's article, "At this Nigerian school, all they do is build robots".  

Photo: A demonstration with secondary school students and an ACI instructor

Photo credit: Obtained from, originally posted on ACI's Facebook page

This article, "Recycling old tyres into shoes is one of the latest innovations in Uganda", by Emmanuel Odunmorayo highlights a "trash to treasure" innovation in Uganda.

Photo credit: Obtained from Ventures Website

CSU Professor Dr. William M. Timpson and Africa Center Research Assistant Renée Harmon presented "The Amahoro Project: Curriculum Reform for Building Peace from Post-Genocide Burundi" for the Council of International Higher Education at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference, which was held in Denver November 4-7, 2015.

We are thrilled Oliver Miltenberger has joined our team at the Africa Center!  Oliver will be assisting with outreach and building the Africa Center community.  

Oliver is an MSc student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology working with Dr. Paul Evangelista. His research interests focus on wildlife population dynamics and spatial ecology, especially concerning human-carnivore interactions. He uses a variety of methods, integrating field surveys, models, and indigenous knowledge to inform conservation management. Outside of research, Oliver is often found outside rock climbing or backpacking. A traveler by heart, he enjoys new cultures, cooking, and going mapless.

Learn how Africa is a step ahead of the U.S. with mobile money in this Nov. 7, 2015 article published on, "Pay by Phone? Africa's Got It Covered" by Jacob Kushner.

Photo credit:  Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty (obtained from

Read this uplifting article from The Conversation that explains how southern Africa is winning against malaria, "Parts of southern Africa are within tantalising reach of eliminating malaria".

Photo: A young girl plays inside a mosquito net in Kibera, Nairobi. Credit: EPA/Stephen Morrison, obtained from The Conversation article

We recommend this foundation essay from The Conversation, "How Africa is tackling ‘next generation’ fears in academia", which highlights Africa's need to develop a new generation of academics to drive the continent's teaching, learning, research and critical thinking into the future.

Photo credit: Shutterstock, obtained from The Conversation

Can you imagine life without access to electricity? Worldwide, 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity. In East Africa alone electricity does not reach 620 million people – fully two-thirds of the population. Many of these people can be served using off-grid electricity solutions, which are rapidly becoming more cost competitive than grid extension. However, by reviewing past off-grid efforts, CSU has learned that electrification often fails for a combination of technical and non-technical reasons. 

That’s why CSU has assembled the Smart Village Minigrid project team, led by Principal Investigator Daniel Zimmerle.  

Recently Dr. Zimmerle's team shared photos with us that we wanted to share with you!  

Photo credits: CSU Smart Village Minigrid team

CSU Professor Dr. Brian Foy, who is interested in employing a unique way to control mosquito-borne diseases like malaria in sub-Saharan Africa and also arboviruses like West Nile virus here in Colorado, shares with us his motivation for his work:

Dr. Kathy Galvin, Director of the Africa Center, recently shared her personal experiences of researching and working in Africa. 

“I wanted to go to Africa since high school. I had a friend then whose father was a diplomat in Kenya and she had stories about caravanning overland from Nairobi, Kenya to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. I wanted to do the same. It was not until I was in graduate school and trained to do human diet intake and nutritional status among a group of nomadic pastoralists in Kenya that I got the chance.” 

It was this chance that changed Dr. Galvin forever.  

Photo credit: Dr. Kathy Galvin: Dr. Galvin interviewing in Kenya