Howard in Africa Map

The Howard in Africa Map displays Howard University projects that take place in Africa.

This map currently shows only a portion of Howard projects. To submit a project to be added to the map, please fill out our Submission Form

Howard Projects by Country

Ethiopia

Old World Neogene Mammal Program

Old World Neogene Mammal Program

2000 - current | Ethiopia and Kenya

Study of the evolution of Eurasian and African mammal faunas 25 million years - present. Emphasis on evolution of mammalian faunal ecosystems as regulated by climatic change. Emphasis on the evolution of Equidae (horses) for reconstructing ecosystem changes, biogeographic and paleoecologic contexts. Africa is a major emphasis with delineating and tracking fossil ape and human evolution, ecological context and biogeography.

Program Contact: Dr. Raymond Bernor: rbernor@howard.edu

Updated: May 20, 2021

 

Clinical Pharmacy Twinning Project

November 6-8, 2014 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Howard University Assistant Provost for International Programs and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Anthony Wutoh, Ph.D., led a delegation to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to celebrate the successful implementation of the Clinical Pharmacy Twinning Project, conducted with the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) in collaboration with Addis Ababa University School of Pharmacy.

Dean Wutoh was accompanied by Dr. Bisrat Hailemeskel, associate professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy sciences, and principal investigator for the Clinical Pharmacy Twinning Project. Jeronimo Augusto, program manager for international programs, was also a part of the Howard University delegation visit Nov. 6-8.

The Clinical Pharmacy Training Project was an eight-year PEPFAR-funded (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) project that has transformed the education of pharmacists throughout Ethiopia. During the visit, Dr. Hailemeskel provided an overview of the activities of the project and noted that Howard University and Addis Ababa University agreed to collaborate several years ago because of the high incidence of HIV in Ethiopia and the lack of health care professionals trained to address the epidemic.

Updated: 2016

International-Experiential-Rotation-Program

International Experiential Rotation Program

June, 2013 | Ethiopia, Zambia, and South Africa

The College of  Pharmacy initiated the International Experiential Rotation program in June, 2013 by placing five students at sites in Ethiopia, Zambia, and South Africa. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, students participated in clinical experiences at Black Lion Hospital. The College of Pharmacy has a long history of international health care. It has emerged particularly as a leader in the clinical pharmacology of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Ghana

Vernacularizing Sustainability in Post-Colonial Ghana

Vernacularizing Sustainability in Post-Colonial Ghana

October, 2021 - October, 2022 | Koforidua, Ghana

This project utilizes indigenous Ashanti decision making models, along with contemporary global practices, to engage a local population in sustainable development, environmental protection, health and wellness, and improved primary and secondary educational outcomes.

Project contact: Dr. Harold McDougall: hmcdougall@howard.edu

Updated: June 10, 2021

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Alternative Spring Break Ghana Program

Annual Program | Ghana

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Ghana program at Howard allows students to participate in service-learning workshops. During the 2017 program, we provided 600 books to school communities, a non-governmental organization called MMOFRA, and to the University of Ghana.

Project contact: Glen Vinson: gdvinson@howard.edu

Updated: 2017

 

Kenya

Old World Neogene Mammal Program

Engineers Without Borders in Kenya

Annual Program | Choimim, Kenya

Since March 2009, an average of 10 students and faculty advisors of the HU chapter of Engineers Without Borders travel to Choimim, Kenya, to assist in local rehabilitation efforts, in partnership with local organization Build the Village, and to several villages in Nandi Hills, a tea farming community, in order to establish rainwater harvesting and biosand treatment systems. EWB-Howard University is a student chapter of EWB-USA. 

Project contact: Prof. John Tharakan email: jtharakan@howard.edu

Updated: 2019

Old World Neogene Mammal Program

Old World Neogene Mammal Program

2000 - current | Ethiopia and Kenya

Study of the evolution of Eurasian and African mammal faunas 25 million years - present. Emphasis on evolution of mammalian faunal ecosystems as regulated by climatic change. Emphasis on the evolution of Equidae (horses) for reconstructing ecosystem changes, biogeographic and paleoecologic contexts. Africa is a major emphasis with delineating and tracking fossil ape and human evolution, ecological context and biogeography.

Program Contact: Dr. Raymond Bernor: rbernor@howard.edu

Updated: May 20, 2021

A Different Approach to Extreme Poverty Reduction in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya

A Different Approach to Extreme Poverty Reduction in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya

2019 - 2021 (ongoing) | Location

Development professionals and residents of Mukuru Slum are asked about best approaches to reduce extreme poverty. Their answers are compared for the purpose and goal of creating poverty reduction programs that work.

What makes the project innovative is using Paolo Friere's theory with slum residents to raise their awareness of different aspects of poverty and home-grown solutions that can raise them out of extreme poverty. It is also innovative to go straight to the source (the slums) and ask residents about poverty. Development professionals often impose their idea of poverty reduction programs onto the poor.

Angela Pashayan is a Howard Ph.D. student leading the research under Dr. Richard Seltzer.

Project contact: Angela R. Pashayan: info@angelapashayan.com

Updated: June 9, 2021

Service Quality, Competition and Poverty

Service Quality, Competition and Poverty: An Analysis of African Mobile Money Agents

2015 - 2018 | Kenya and Uganda

The use of electronic money transfers through cellular networks ("mobile money") is rapidly increasing in the developing world. This electronic currency ecosystem could improve the lives of about 1 billion people who live on less than $2 a day by facilitating a secure, accessible, and reliable way to store and transfer money. The success of mobile money requires a network of agents to provide high quality service in conducting transactions. We investigate how two elements of service quality—price transparency and inventory—influence demand for transactions, and the drivers of agents' decisions on service quality. Moreover, we study the moderating role of competition and poverty on mobile money network demand and agent decision-making.

Using data from Kenya and Uganda, and instrumenting for potentially endogenous regressors, we find that both price transparency and inventory increase average demand for mobile money transactions. However, the effect of inventory on demand is moderated by competition and poverty: competitive intensity decreases the effect of inventory while poverty increases it. We also find that both competition and poverty increase price transparency and inventory of cash and electronic value. Strikingly, while controlling for demand and other factors, our results indicate that agents in high poverty areas devote more capital to their cash and e-float inventory. This study not only furthers our understanding of service quality, competition and poverty, but also offers insights on how mobile-enabled financial services can advance the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Project contact: Dr. Karthik Balasubramanian: karthik.b@howard.edu

Updated: May 20, 2021

Liberia

Liberia E-Brary Architectural Design Challenge

E-Brary - Architectural Design Challenge in Liberia

2014 - Ongoing | Tubman University, Liberia

In Liberia, Howard University's School of Architecture is participating in a program for the Architectural Design Challenge for the William V.S. Tubman University E-Brary. The E-brary is a major learning center for students and the community of Maryland County, Liberia. Morgan State and Tuskegee University, are participants along with Howard.

Updated: 2016

 

Malawi

 

 

Increasing Medical Laboratory Capacity in Malawi

2013 - Ongoing | Malawi

In Malawi, Howard University is increasing the nation’s medical laboratory capacity by training students, establishing laboratories, purchasing equipment and supplies, and having laboratory tests delivered to various parts of the country, as well as helping to construct laboratories. Carol Porter, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University, is the director of the project, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Updated: 2016

Howard GlobeMed

Howard GlobeMed

Ongoing | Blantyre, Malawi

GlobeMed is a national students service organization that has chapters on many US campuses. The focus oF the organization is on addressing global health issues. A core component of their work is their partnership with NANCHOLI a community organization in Malawi that they support and work directly with through a summer service visit by up to 5 Howard students. 

Students travel to Malawi each summer to engage in a month long service project with NANCHOLI and the community it serves.

Project contact: howard@globemed.org

Updated: May 21, 2021

Provost Frederick Meeting President Zuma - South Africa

President Frederick's and Dean Wutoh's trip visiting Howard healthcare and development projects​

2013 | Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa

Howard University's President Frederick and Dean Wutoh made a trip in 2013 as a part of the university’s continued commitment to aiding African nations. They visited Howard University healthcare and development projects underway in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa and met with South African President Jacob Zuma.

 

Nigeria

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Fulbright-Hays Yoruba Group Project Abroad in Nigeria

Annual Program | Ibadan, Nigeria

This Intensive Advanced Yoruba Group Project Abroad (GPA) program is funded by the United States Department of Education through Fulbright-Hays fellowships.

The purpose of our program is to offer students taking Yoruba language courses in American universities a rare opportunity to learn the language and culture at an advanced level among Yoruba native speakers. The goal is to make participants productive in their studies and careers and to give them a better understanding of Nigeria upon their return to the United States. 

Project contact: Dr. Bayo Omolola: bayo.omolola@howard.edu 

Updated: 2021

 

HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention activities in Nigeria

2013 - Ongoing | Nigeria

In Nigeria, Howard is training pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare clinicians in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention activities. 

Updated: 2016

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Guardian Beliefs About Child & Adolescent Mental Illness and Treatment in Nigeria

2021 | Ibadan, Nigeria

The Howard University School of Social Work’s (HUSSW) International Service Learning (ISL) program was started as a student-led initiative in 2008. Functioning as a practical extension of Internationalization and Social Justice, two of the six principles that comprise the HUSSW’s Black Perspective, the ISL program has afforded numerous MSW and PhD students the coveted opportunity to engage in immersive learning, travel and service, internationally. The ISL program is comprised of a seminar course offered over the Spring semester, and a 10-day round trip to Cape-Town, South Africa (SA) over Spring break. All HUSWW students are permitted and encouraged to apply to the program each fall and through a competitive and comprehensive review process, 24 students (20 MSW and 4 PhD) are chosen as each year’s cohort.

Project contact: Dr. Ezer Kang: ezer.kang@Howard.edu

Updated: May 20, 2021

Provost Frederick Meeting President Zuma - South Africa

President Frederick's and Dean Wutoh's trip visiting Howard healthcare and development projects​

2013 | Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa

Howard University's President Frederick and Dean Wutoh made a trip in 2013 as a part of the university’s continued commitment to aiding African nations. They visited Howard University healthcare and development projects underway in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa and met with South African President Jacob Zuma.

 

Senegal

CAORC College Faculty Development Seminars

 

CAORC College Faculty Development Seminars

Annual Program | Dakar, Senegal

The Center for African Studies sponsors two or more college faculty to take part in the CAORC Community College Faculty Development Seminar at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal each year. 

Since 2017, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), in partnership with its member centers, has organized short-term, fully-funded, two-week overseas study trips that allow faculty to experience rich foreign cultures and engage with local scholars grappling with complex global issues like climate change and religious and ethnic diversity. CAORC seminars include lectures from leading specialists, collaborative networking with local scholars, cultural and educational excursions, and experiential learning opportunities.

https://cfas.howard.edu/resources/caorc-community-college-faculty-development-seminars

Updated: 2020

 

South Africa

Dr. Cudore Snell

International Service Learning Course - Cape Town, South Africa

Annual Program | Cape Town, South Africa

The Howard University School of Social Work’s (HUSSW) International Service Learning (ISL) program was started as a student-led initiative in 2008. Functioning as a practical extension of Internationalization and Social Justice, two of the six principles that comprise the HUSSW’s Black Perspective, the ISL program has afforded numerous MSW and PhD students the coveted opportunity to engage in immersive learning, travel and service, internationally. The ISL program is comprised of a seminar course offered over the Spring semester, and a 10-day round trip to Cape-Town, South Africa (SA) over Spring break. All HUSWW students are permitted and encouraged to apply to the program each fall and through a competitive and comprehensive review process, 24 students (20 MSW and 4 PhD) are chosen as each year’s cohort.

Project contact: Dr. Cudore Snell: csnell@howard.edu

Updated: May 20, 2021

Global Trilateral MBA Program

Global Trilateral MBA Program

Ongoing Program | Johannesburg, South Africa

As part of our Global Trilateral MBA Program, we provide students opportunities to work on international consulting projects across three continents: North America, Asia, and Africa. We have agreements with business schools in China and South Africa and teams of students from the three universities work on projects throughout the year and host conferences on the individual campuses to present the results to clients.

Project contact: Dean Anthony Wilbon: anthony.wilbon@howard.edu

Updated: May 20, 2021

School of Law South Africa Program

School of Law South Africa Program

Annual Program | Cape Town, South Africa

Howard University School of Law's Summer Abroad Program takes place annually at the University of Western Cape, in Cape Town South Africa.

The program is approved by the American Bar Association and allows students to earn up to six semester hours of law school credit while becoming familiar with the new South Africa. The program offers an opportunity for students to witness firsthand the historic legal and political changes in South Africa, in what is sure to become a leading political and economic power center in the region. A unique aspect of the Howard program is the opportunity it provides for interaction with South African law students and graduates who also participate in the program.

Updated: 2020

Global Health and International Service-Learning Experience

Global Health and International Service-Learning Experience

Annual Course with travel during Spring Break | Cape Town, South Africa

This course covers the main principles of global health along with additional topics such as interprofessional relationships, health determinants and disparities, socioeconomic status and health, human rights, culture and health, unintentional injuries, maternal and child health... water and sanitation, parasitic diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). In country service-learning experiences will include visits to historical sites, health agencies, collaborative exchanges, inter-professional collaboration with other organizations, and service projects.

Updated: 2018

 

HIV project in South Africa

2013 - Ongoing | South Africa

In South Africa, Howard University is helping the government identify patients who are HIV-infected, but have been lost to the medical system for follow-up care. South Africa is an especially important site for Howard, because it serves as the regional office for university healthcare projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Rwanda.

Updated: 2016

South-African-Languages

Advocating for Minoritized Languages in the Global South: Challenges and Prospects

2021 - 2022 | South Africa

Advocacy for minoritized languages has tended to focus on a critical deconstruction paradigm – critiquing post-colonial language policies for excluding those languages from higher domains in favor of inherited colonial languages. In contrast, this project considers the challenges facing such policies and explores language policy and practice alternatives for minoritized languages, drawing on theoretical frameworks in politics, linguistics, and language economics. In particular, using South Africa as a case study, the project critiques extant literature on social justice for minoritized languages and proposes ways in which these languages can become an instrument for social mobility in the diverse linguistic landscape of which they are members, where neoliberalism and its manifestation, linguistic entrepreneurship, have increasingly become the norm.

Project contact: Nkonko Kamwangamalu: nkamwangamalu@howard.edu

Updated: May 20, 2021

International-Experiential-Rotation-Program

International Experiential Rotation Program

June, 2013 | Ethiopia, Zambia, and South Africa

The College of  Pharmacy initiated the International Experiential Rotation program in June, 2013 by placing five students at sites in Ethiopia, Zambia, and South Africa. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, students participated in clinical experiences at Black Lion Hospital. The College of Pharmacy has a long history of international health care. It has emerged particularly as a leader in the clinical pharmacology of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Provost Frederick Meeting President Zuma - South Africa

President Frederick's and Dean Wutoh's trip visiting Howard healthcare and development projects​

2013 | Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa

Howard University's President Frederick and Dean Wutoh made a trip in 2013 as a part of the university’s continued commitment to aiding African nations. They visited Howard University healthcare and development projects underway in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa and met with South African President Jacob Zuma.

 

Tanzania

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Fulbright-Hays Swahili Group Project Abroad in Tanzania

Ongoing | Tanzania

The Fulbright-Hays Swahili Group Project Abroad (GPA) is sponsored by the federal government through the Fulbright-Hays program of the Department of Education. It is a language intensive program that includes working with the community. The program offers 8 weeks of over 150 contact hours through intensive linguistic and cultural experience in Tanzania.

Project contact: Dr. Leonard Muaka: leonard.muaka@howard.edu

Updated: 2021

 

HUSSA

Swahili Study Abroad (HUSSA) in Tanzania

Annual Program | Tanzania

The Howard University Swahili Study Abroad (HUSSA) Program is a community-based service learning program, available in Tanzania. This intensive linguistic and cultural experience offers 3 credits and 6 weeks of over 144 contact hours of instructions. HUSSA also includes various socio-cultural trips such as overnight stays with a local family, visits to children's homes, local markets and communities and three days at the Zanzibar Film Festival.

Project contact: Dr. Leonard Muaka: leonard.muaka@howard.edu

Updated: 2021

Improving Inventory Support for Agent-Based Businesses

Show or Tell? Improving Inventory Support for Agent-Based Businesses at the Base of the Pyramid

2016 - 2020 | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Firms providing products and services to low-income base of the pyramid (BOP) customers are increasingly utilizing independent contractor agents rather than employees in their distribution models. We empirically investigate the best way to help agents perform better. Academic/practical relevance: BOP customers represent one-third of the world’s economy but make five United States dollars or less daily. Providing goods and services to these customers is difficult for traditional firms because most retail activity occurs at small-scale independent outlets. Improving agent performance can help firms reach customers in this environment. We enhance the literature on agent-based models in BOP settings, decision making, technology in developing economies, and field experiments.

In partnership with a Tanzanian mobile money operator, we perform a randomized, controlled trial with 4,771 agents to examine how differing types of guidance, and whether in-person training is offered, impact agents’ inventory management. Mobile money is a platform whereby firms in developing economies provide financial services to customers via cell phones. Mobile money agents service customer withdrawals and deposits as branchless banking outlets. Every day, they decide how much money to stock to service customers’ transactions, from which they earn commissions. Results: We find that those agents given only explicit recommendations (as opposed to summary statistics or both) who were invited to in-person training (as opposed to simply received an automated notification) improve their performance. Agents in other treatments showed no statistically significant change. The effect is concentrated in agents who never replenished their money at a bank and whose money inventory levels were low in the pretreatment period. Managerial implications: We show empirically how firms can better manage agents, thereby improving the value proposition of serving BOP customers. We show the utility of segmentation based on agent heterogeneity. This can improve firm performance, agent profits, and customer service.

Project contact: Dr. Karthik Balasubramanian: karthik.b@howard.edu

Updated: May 20, 2021

Uganda

Building a School in Uganda

Schools, Supplies and Water in Uganda

Ongoing Project | Uganda

Euland Ramsey, Director of Enrollment Services at Howard is working on constructing a 16-building technical school complex in Uganda to help young adults train in a variety of skills, including carpentry, auto mechanics, tailoring and health sciences. She works with a nonprofit, Dr. Herldleen Russell Ministries (DHRM), where she serves as financial secretary of the board. In addition to bringing various supplies — clothing, books, medical items, toothbrushes and so forth — the nonprofit has helped build primary schools with dormitories and partnered with an organization that would build a well on each of the schools’ properties so the students would have access to clean water. All of the projects are funded through donations.

Updated: May 21, 2021

Zambia

 

HIV/AIDS partnership in Zambia

2013 - Ongoing | Livingstone, Zambia

In Livingstone, Zambia, Howard University is fostering a public-private partnership between Livingston General Hospital and several local private pharmacies to tackle HIV/AIDS.

Updated: 2016

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Presentation at the Journal of Southern African Studies Conference

August 3 – 14, 2015 | Livingstone, Zambia

Dr. Winstead presented a paper at the 1st biennial conference of the Journal of Southern African Studies in Livingstone, Zambia in August, 2015. The conference theme is ‘Southern Africa Beyond the West: Political, Economic & Cultural Relationships with the BRICS Countries & the Global South’. In addition to his paper and participating in a roundtable on setting the agenda of Southern African Studies in the 21st century and how African Studies should respond to the past two decades of change in Southern Africa’s position in the world, had meetings to exploring establishment of linkages between Howard University Center for African Studies and the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR), an independent, educational research and development oriented research center in Zambia and one of the sponsors of the conference.

International-Experiential-Rotation-Program

International Experiential Rotation Program

June, 2013 | Ethiopia, Zambia, and South Africa

The College of Pharmacy initiated the International Experiential Rotation program in June, 2013 by placing five students at sites in Ethiopia, Zambia, and South Africa. In Livingstone, Zambia, students participated in clinical experiences at Livingstone General Hospital. The College of Pharmacy has a long history of international health care. It has emerged particularly as a leader in the clinical pharmacology of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Provost Frederick Meeting President Zuma - South Africa

President Frederick's and Dean Wutoh's trip visiting Howard healthcare and development projects​

2013 | Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa

Howard University's President Frederick and Dean Wutoh made a trip in 2013 as a part of the university’s continued commitment to aiding African nations. They visited Howard University healthcare and development projects underway in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa and met with South African President Jacob Zuma.

 

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