Yale and Africa
In a world that is growing in complexity and becoming more interrelated, successful universities will embrace global networks and exchanges. By combining our diverse strengths and insights, we can create a shared future for the global community. Peter Salovey
President Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology Yale University
Since the inception of the Yale Africa Initiative in 2013, our collaborative model has already yielded promising results. We have increased
We invite you to learn more about the programs, partnerships, and collaborations that comprise the Yale Africa Initiative here.
the number of African students and scholars at Yale by about 65 percent. At least 117 Yale faculty members—in science, medicine, technology, management, history, and other fields— are doing important work related to Africa. Yale’s Global Network for Advanced Management now includes four institutions in Africa. Programs like the Yale Young African Scholars program for African high school students and the Leadership Forum for Strategic Impact, focused on African women trailblazers, serve multiple generations, from future leaders to
12 Leadership programs 14 Young scholar programs 16 Bringing Africa to Yale 21 A growing network in Africa
established leaders already having a substantial impact in their countries. As we continue to forge partnerships commensurate in strength, scope, and impact to Yale’s mission, we will fulfill our responsibility to improve the world today and for future generations.
Engagement Yale leaders visit Africa Ghana and Kenya Yale President Peter Salovey
Ethiopia, Uganda, and South Africa Yale Vice
and a delegation of Yale faculty and staff traveled to Ghana and Kenya in March 2018 during the five-year anniversary of the Yale Africa Initiative. While in Ghana, President Salovey met with officials involved in the ongoing partnership between Yale and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, the University of Ghana Medical School, and the Fox Fellowship Program. He also participated in the Yale Leadership Forum, an event hosted by Yale, Fundación Mujeres por África (Women for Africa Foundation), and Banco Santander. And at the University of Ghana, President Salovey spoke at a forum that featured a panel of academic and business leaders engaging in a dialogue on “The Power of Partnership in Education.” While in Nairobi, Kenya, President Salovey convened discussions among African leaders, extended collaborations with leading partner institutions, and connected with Yale alumni and friends.
President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy Pericles Lewis traveled across the African continent on a ten-day trip in March 2019 to discuss Yale’s scholarship and research and strengthen Yale’s ties with partner institutions. He participated in the Women’s Leadership Forum in Ethiopia and met with officials involved in Yale’s Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative (PTI), created in partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health. He also met with students, faculty, and officials at Yale’s partner institutions, Makerere University in Uganda, and the Aurum Institute and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
1 President Salovey with participants in the Yale Leadership Forum in Accra 2 Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi, Dr. Segenet Kelemu, Professor Nelson Torto, and President Salovey at he African Academy of Sciences symposium in Nairobi 3 Vice President Lewis with PTI partners in Ethiopia 4 President Salovey in Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra
Engagement African leaders visit Yale President Peter Salovey has welcomed heads of state
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, president of
from Africa to Yale’s campus. Recent visits include:
the Republic of Ghana, spoke at the Yale School of Management on the topic of democracy and development in Africa as part of the Leaders Forum lecture series in September 2018.
Peter Mutharika ’66 LL.M., ’69 J.S.D., and president of Malawi, returned to Yale in October 2015 to take part in the Hakeem & Myma Belo-Osagie Forum on Contemporary Africa. During his visit, he also gave a lecture at the Yale Law School titled “Democratization and Economic Self-Determination in Africa.” Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, visited Yale in September 2016 to give the keynote address for the MacMillan Center’s Coca-Cola World Fund Lecture.
1 President Akufo-Addo at Yale School of Management 2 President Sall with Yale students at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Mokgweetsi Masisi, president of the Republic of Botswana, visited Yale in June 2019 for a series of meetings to explore opportunities for research and capacity development partnerships. Julius Maada Bio, president of the Republic of Sierra Leone, headlined a Yale African Leaders Forum panel titled “Human Capital Development & Innovation: Pillars for Sierra Leone’s Transformation” during his visit in September 2019. Macky Sall, president of the Republic of Senegal, delivered a lecture on the “Role of Africa in Contemporary International Relations” while visiting Yale in September 2019.
3 President Kagame at Yale 4 President Masisi and First Lady Neo Masisi at Yale’s Beinecke Library 5 President Bio at Yale’s Center for Engineering Innovation and Design 6 President Mutharika at Yale Law School
Joint endeavors Research, scholarship, and education Project Last Mile
between Yale School of Medicine’s Department
Project Last Mile (PLM) is an innovative, crosssector partnership sharing the core business expertise and supply chain of the Coca-Cola Company to strengthen public health systems across Africa. Yale’s Global Health Leadership Initiative serves as the monitoring and evaluation partner for the project, which works directly with local Ministries of Health and has reached eSwatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. PLM aims to inspire broader private sector involvement in efforts to improve availability of lifesaving medicines and is supported by funding partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
of Psychiatry and Imo State University Teaching Hospital, it is supported by the Yale Global Mental Health Program, CBM International, the Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency, and the Imo State Government.
HAPPINESS Project The HAPPINESS Project (Health Action for Psychiatric Problems In Nigeria including Epilepsy and Substances) is a pioneering program based in Imo State, Nigeria, that aims to increase access to effective, evidence-based treatments for mental and neurological disorders in underserved areas of the country, using technology and existing care infrastructure. The program oversees the training of primary care workers in rural communities to screen for, assess, and manage these disorders in their communities. Initiated as a collaboration
Yale Partnerships for Global Health Yale Partnerships for Global Health aims to reduce the burden of infectious diseases around the world by educating, training, and supporting the careers of biomedical and public health researchers. Developed in 2006 by Yale School of Medicine professors in collaboration with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana, the initiative has expanded to include medical trainees and research collaborators from universities in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, China, Australia, and Jamaica. Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative Born out of the Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative’s partnership with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health, the Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative (PTI) uses management and leadership development to enhance the quality and equity of primary care, including improved immunization coverage, better access to safe childbirth, and decreased mortality. The initiative brings together health care professionals in
Ethiopia to participate in a mix of management education, mentorship, and research to strengthen health systems. As of the end of 2019, the initiative has improved management skills and organizational performance in 331 districts, serving a population of 47 million people. Makerere University and Yale University (MUYU) Partnership The collaboration between Makerere and Yale was formalized in 2006 and has had a significant impact on medical education at both institutions. Within the partnership, Yale physicians, residents, and medical students travel to Kampala for clinical rotations, and Ugandan physicians and students
Project Last Mile partners deliver medicine to hard-to-reach communities in Africa
train in New Haven. The goal for both groups is to improve patient care through education, training, and research; to build up the educational and clinical infrastructure; and to support research that could be easily translated into practice. Visits to Yale by Makerere medical residents in the program range from six weeks to a year and are focused on areas of greatest need with respect to noncommunicable diseases. Since 2006, 28 faculty members/physicians have been trained in the following specialties
and subspecialties: cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, rheumatology, oncology, pulmonology, intensive care, pediatric surgery, endocrine surgery, emergency medicine, pathology, and neurology. Yale School of Nursing is also engaged in collaboration with Makerere counterparts to improve maternal and child health,
dominated landscapes that are rich in biodiversity. ELTI takes a unique approach to capacity development for conservation and restoration by mentoring people who manage or influence these landscapes. With training and leadership support, they deploy a range of strategies to improve the environment and livelihoods of local landholders and communities.
strengthen health professional education, and build research capacity.
In addition to field programs in Latin America and Southeast Asia, ELTI partners with the International Union for Conservation of Nature to deliver courses in English and French that combine field and online training approaches in eight African countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Togo, and Uganda.
Global Network for Advanced Management Launched by a consortium of schools led by the Yale School of Management, the Global Network for Advanced Management now includes 30 leading business schools from diverse regions, countries, cultures, and economies in different phases of development. Representing a shift beyond traditional partnership models, the network offers unique avenues for innovative initiatives by providing a flexible and efficient platform for schools to work together and leverage resources that far exceed what any school could do on its own. Four African business schools are GNAM members: Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University (Nigeria); University of Ghana Business School; University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (South Africa); and Strathmore Business School (Kenya). Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies supports efforts to design and implement an array of land use practices and initiatives that protect, conserve, and restore tropical forests and native tree cover in human-
1 The happiness Project team at the September 2019 refresher training 2 PTI health care professionals work to improve primary care in Ethiopia 3 Global Network African Faculty Fellow Albert Ahenkan from the University of Ghana Business School teaching a course on Africa’s emerging green economy at Yale School of Management in 2019 4 ELTI forest restoration field training in Ethiopia 5 ELTI forest restoration class in Ethiopia 6 ELTI forest restoration field training in Madagascar
Leadership programs Global leadership and peer networks Yale World Fellows Program
Fox International Fellowship
The Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program is a global leadership development initiative and an important element of Yale’s ongoing commitment to internationalization. Each year, the program brings a cohort of exemplary practitioners from a wide range of fields and countries to Yale for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training. Established in 2002, the network now consists of 345 fellows, including 63 from 20 African countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale and 20 academic partners around the world with the goal of enhancing mutual understanding by promoting international scholarly exchanges and collaborations among the next generation of leaders. Exchange partners include the University of Ghana and the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Three African World Fellows in the 2019 cohort are, from left to right below, Wanjiru Mukoma, executive director of LVCT Health, from Kenya; Elias Shoniyin, former deputy minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Liberia; and Simidele Adeagbo, Olympic athlete and entrepreneur from Nigeria.
Leadership Forum for Strategic Impact A partnership between Yale and Fundación Mujeres por África (Women for Africa Foundation), the Leadership Forum convenes a select group of women in senior governmental positions across Africa for a one-week program at Yale, in New York, and Washington, D.C., to amplify their effectiveness and impact. Since its establishment in 2015, 56 women have participated, creating a network of peers and thought-leaders across the continent.
Participants in the Leadership Forum for Strategic Impact
Young scholar programs On Yaleâ€™s campus and in Africa Yale Young Global Scholars
Yale Young African Scholars Program
Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is the premier noncredit program for high school students around the world. The program offers a summer enrichment experience for outstanding students, living and learning on Yaleâ€™s campus alongside peers from more than 125 countries. The interdisciplinary academic program fosters intellectual curiosity, deepens understanding, and inspires creative action across borders, empowering the next generation of leaders and allowing students to broaden their own world views by learning about countries and cultures they have never encountered before.
The Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Program is an intensive academic and enrichment program for African secondary school students. This summer program introduces African students to the liberal arts and gives them the tools to apply to universities in the United States. Since YYAS began in 2014, 1,391 students from 43 African countries have participated in the program, which takes place in Kenya, Ghana, and Zimbabwe.
Each year, YYGS selects a cohort of alumni ambassadors to help spread word about YYGS to their peers and community. YYGS alumni ambassadors in 2019 include, from left to right below, Anthony Asiegbunam, from Nigeria; Franck Belemkoabga, from Burkina Faso; Betselot Dejene, from Ethiopia; Ayo Eniola, from Nigeria and Ireland; and Evance Henrico, from Tanzania.
The YYAS program, which students attend free of charge, is offered with support from the Higherlife Foundation, an organization founded by Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa.
Students in the Yale Young African Scholars Program
Bringing Africa to Yale Expanding student opportunities An important aspect of the Yale Africa Initiative is to bring more of Africa to Yale. Since its creation, there has been a substantial increase in the number of African students at Yale, made possible in part through increased student aid funding.
Trend in African Student Enrollment 2006–2018 170 160 150 140 130 120 110 100 90 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’11 ’12 ’13 ’14 ’15 ’16 ’17 ’18
The top five African nations represented by current Yale students are: Nigeria Zimbabwe Ghana Kenya South Africa
The Yale African Students Association is a home away from home for African students, a space where they can speak their mother tongue or in an accent, explore numerous identities, and feel supported. YASA is also an open community where anyone can engage with African cultures, complexities, and experiences. Michaellah Mapotaringa, 2019 president of the Yale African Students Association
Cultural groups on Yale’s campus
Yale’s campus is animated by the activities of seven Africa-focused student cultural groups, which hold numerous events each year. • • • • • • •
Yale African Students Association • Yale African Students Association Dzana—Yale’s African dance group • Dzana—Yale’s African dance group Yale Undergraduate Association forfor African Peace • Yale Undergraduate Association African Peace and Development and Development Yale Nigerian Students Association • Yale Nigerian Students Association Yale African Graduate and Professional Students • Yale African Graduate and Professional Students Africa SIG (Student Interest Group) at Yale • Africa SIG (Student Interest Group) at Yale School School of of Forestry Forestry & & Environmental Environmental Studies Studies Africa Business and Society Group • Africa Business and Society Group Africa Salon Debuting in 2014, the annual Africa Salon is Yale’s contemporary African arts and culture festival. A vibrant, two-day event highlighting art, poetry, dance, music, media, and cuisine, Africa Salon aims to create space for audiences to intimately access and absorb the complexity of the African narrative.
3 1 Yale African Students Association 2 Dzana 3 Africa Salon
Yale faculty from Africa Faculty members from Africa bring a global perspective to teaching and learning at Yale. Among them are:
Oluseye Adesola (photo 1) Nigeria African Languages: Yorùbá
Meleko Mokgosi (8) Botswana School of Art
Sandra Sanneh (14) South Africa African Languages: isiZulu
Amy Bei (2) Senegal School of Public Health
Matuku Ngame Democratic Republic of the Congo French
Ian Shapiro (15) South Africa Political Science and School of Management
Lacina Coulibaly Burkina Faso Theater & Performance Studies
Christine Ngaruiya (9) Kenya School of Medicine
Kiarie Wa’Njogu (16) Kenya African Languages: Kiswahili
Charles Dike (3) Nigeria School of Medicine
Tavia Nyong’o (10) Kenya Theater Studies, African American Studies, and American Studies
Veronica Waweru Kenya African Languages: Swahili and African Studies
Theddeus Iheanacho (4) Nigeria School of Medicine Cajetan Iheka (5) Nigeria English Ninani Kombo (6) Botswana School of Medicine Frank Minja (7) Tanzania School of Medicine
Onyema Ogbuagu (11) Nigeria School of Medicine Oluwatosin Onibokun (12) Nigeria School of Medicine Elijah Paintsil (13) Ghana School of Medicine and School of Management
Africa in the classroom Courses related to Africa are popular among stu-
Strongly committed to interdisciplinary research
dents at all levels. Offered by faculty in a variety of departments, these courses explore Africa as the primary case for in-depth study and provide a comparative study of Africa to explore global context and intercultural connections.
and initiatives, CAS fosters an academic environment where students and faculty seek to understand emerging issues in African studies through joint endeavors across institutions at Yale, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
African Languages Kiswahili Wolof Yorùbá isiZulu
Council on African Studies Drawing from the interests and intellectual resources of students and faculty located in departments across Yale’s fourteen schools, the Council on African Studies (CAS) is a regional center of study promoting teaching and research on international affairs, societies, and cultures in Africa. Since its formal establishment in 1958, the council has continued its legacy of leadership in African studies through distinguished interdisciplinary scholarship, innovative degree programs, and one of the world’s leading Africana library collections.
CAS administers bachelor of arts (B.A.) and master of arts (M.A.) programs, and joint-degree programs with the Law School, the School of Public Health, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and the School of Management. CAS also offers a Graduate Certificate of Concentration in African Studies to students in Yale’s doctoral and professional degree programs. CAS programs provide students with a broad understanding of the history, culture, and languages of Africa, and grounding in cross-disciplinary approaches to the continent’s social, political, and economic developments. Central to CAS degree programs is the council’s well-known Program in African Languages, which offers regular courses in Kiswahili, Wolof, Yorùbá, and isiZulu, and provides instruction for other African languages through the Directed Language Study program in least-taught languages, tutorials, and other initiatives.
A growing network in Africa Alumni and honorary degree recipients
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alumni countries alumni clubs
As the number of Yale alumni in Africa has grown to 519, their engagement across the continent has also increased with the formation of new Yale Alumni Clubs in Ghana and Nigeria, in addition to a long-established club in South Africa.
The reach of our networks in Africa reflects the diversity of the Yale family. Comprising alumni, former fellows, and honorary degree recipients, this network represents leaders and thinkers who are working toward the long-term development of the African continent.
Honorary degree recipients from Africa
Wole Soyinka, Nigeria, Doctor of Letters 1980 Athol Fugard, South Africa, Doctor of Fine Arts 1983 Allan Boesak, South Africa, Doctor of Divinity 1984 Nadine Gordimer, South Africa, Doctor of Letters 1986 Beyers Naudé, South Africa, Doctor of Divinity 1989 Helen Suzman, South Africa, Doctor of Laws 1999 Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa, Doctor of Divinity 2000 Sydney Brenner, South Africa, Doctor of Science 2003 Wangari Maathai, Kenya, Doctor of Humane Leters 2004 Mamphela Ramphele, South Africa, Doctor of Humane Letters 2005 Pius Nkonzo Langa, South Africa, Doctor of Laws 2007 Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Ghana, Doctor of Divinity 2008 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia, Doctor of Laws 2010 Youssou N’Dour, Senegal, Doctor of Music 2011 William Kentridge, South Africa, Doctor of Fine Arts 2013 Ahmed Zewail, Egypt, Doctor of Science 2014 Elon Musk, South Africa, Doctor of Engineering & Technology 2015 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria, Doctor of Humane Letters 2015 Angélique Kidjo, Benin, Doctor of Music 2015 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Kenya, Doctor of Letters 2017 Strive Masiyiwa, Zimbabwe, 2019, Doctor of Humane Letters 2019 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigeria, Doctor of Letters 2019
Honorary degree recipients from Nigeria
Above: Wole Soyinka, Doctor of Letters 1980 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Doctor of Humane Letters 2015 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Doctor of Letters 2019
The Yale Africa Initiative is a university-wide effort, launched in 2013, to prioritize and expand Yale’s commitment to Africa. We invite yo...
Published on Jan 28, 2020
The Yale Africa Initiative is a university-wide effort, launched in 2013, to prioritize and expand Yale’s commitment to Africa. We invite yo...