Africa Initiative Research Program
The Africa Initiative research program supports field-based research on governance issues critical to the continent in the areas of conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, migration, and climate change. Identified research priorities aim to inform and influence African policy and policy affecting Africa. Research produced under the program is packaged in outputs, including authored research papers, policy briefs and compiled special reports—all available for download on the Africa Portal.
On an occasional basis, the Africa Initiative invites submissions and recommendations for future priorities to be addressed with the research program. Calls for papers and proposals are advertised widely.
For information on the 2012 program guidelines, click here (PDF).
Africa Initiative Research in the News
The Africa Initiative recently announced funding for 15 scholars to pursue innovative, policy-relevant fieldwork in Africa through its Research Grant Program. Read the press release and visit the Grant Recipient Profiles page to learn more about this dynamic group of researchers.
2012 Africa Initiative (AI) Research Grant recipient Shishir Shahnawaz and AI Research Coordinator Andy Best speak to Radio Canada International's The Link about the importance of Shahnawaz's upcoming fieldwork, which will examine the engagement of emerging powers in natural resource governance in Sudan and Ethiopia.
Recent Africa Initiative Publications
The Africa Initiative, in collaboration with CIGI, is proud to announce the launch of its new Policy Brief Series. This series presents analysis and commentary emerging from field-based research on issues critical to the continent. Findings and recommendations in this peer-reviewed series aim to inform policymaking and to contribute to the overall African research enterprise. Read more about the series on the Africa Portal blog, download the latest briefs below and watch the Africa Portal for new instalments throughout 2012.
Integrating Food Security with Land Reform: A More Effective Policy for South Africa
Increasing the Uptake of HIV Testing in Maternal Health in Malawi
Promoting Reconciliation through Exhuming and Identifying Victims in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
Lessons for UN Electoral Certification from the 2010 Disputed Presidential Poll in Côte d'Ivoire
How Perks for Delegates Can Influence Peace Process Outcomes
Global Warming and Health: The Issue of Malaria in Eastern Africa's Highlands
Stealth Environmental Influences on Economic Migration in Egypt
Africa Initiative Research Grants
The Africa Initiative periodically opens a call for proposals for research grants to fund innovative, policy-relevant fieldwork in Africa. There are currently no open calls. Details of any future research grant opportunities will appear on this page. For information on the 2012 call for proposals, click here. For information on the 2011 call, click here.