As Canada’s capital, Ottawa is home to many governmental and non-governmental organizations involved with African issues, all of the African embassies and high commissions and a number of archival and library sources relevant to African studies. There are also a lot of research activities concerning Africa at organizations like The North-South Institute and the International Development Research Centre. Moreover, Ottawa-Gatineau region is home to a number of African and African diaspora community groups. Since Ottawa is the hub of Africa-related activity in Canada, Carleton is able to draw an impressive list of guest speakers and provide students with rich volunteer and internship opportunities.
We also liaise with the relevant governmental departments (such as Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Canadian International Development Agency), non-governmental organizations (working on, for example, international development, human rights, labour, environment, or gender issues), and community groups, which, amongst other things, assist our students in finding placement opportunities.