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The Africa Center's director Dr. Kathleen Galvin recently traveled to Rwanda to join the Smart Village Minigrid Team, led by CSU's Dan Zimmerle.  The purpose of her visit was to confirm a partnership through a memorandum of understanding (MOU)  The MOU outlines plans for research and education exchanges between the Rwandan government, the University of Rwanda and CSU. The partnership was seeded by a two-year-old project led by researchers from the CSU Energy Institute and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES)/Africa Center.

To learn more about the project please read this article from CSU's Source, "It’s official: CSU, government of Rwanda are partners in smart, sustainable development".

In the photo we see Dr. Galvin speaking to government officials in Rwanda.

Kathleen Galvin, Director of the Africa Center was in Paris the week of November 23 to attend a couple of UNESCO sponsored meetings. The first was a meeting on ‘Knowing our Changing Climate in Africa’ with community partners from east and west Africa. 

Ismael from Uganda is standing with Kathy at UNESCO with the Eiffel Tower in the background (photo taken by Beth Holland).

Learn how climate change impacts Africa in "Adaptation is key if Africa is to tackle climate change" by  and .  

Photo credit: Reuters/Stephanie Mahe; obtained from The Conversation

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 venturesafrica.com, 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 ozy.com, "Pay by Phone? Africa's Got It Covered" by Jacob Kushner.

Photo credit:  Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty (obtained from ozy.com)

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

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