Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

March 25 2016


African Studies Newsletter

L’avant-dernière conférence mensuelle de l’année scientifique 2015/2016 du CERCLECAD

L’avant-dernière conférence mensuelle de l’année scientifique 2015/2016 du CERCLECAD, ce samedi 26 mars 2016 comme d’habitude à 15H00, dans la salle du Sénat de l’Université d’Ottawa, au sous-sol du pavillon Tabaret (Salle 083), 75, Avenue Laurier Est ou 119, Rue Wallers ou 550, Rue Cumberland).

La conférence sera coordonnée par le Professeur Benoît AWAZI MBAMBI KUNGUA, Président du CERCLECAD et réunira autour de la table ronde trois auteurs qui présenteront chacun son récent ouvrage paru :
(1) Monsieur Yves Antoine
lancera son récent ouvrage : Héros et rebelles du monde noir. De l’Afrique aux Amériques, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2016 ;
(2) Monsieur Lambert Nieme lancera son ouvrage : Fondements de l’impératif d’exister de l’Humanité. Essai, Persée, Paris, 2016 ;
(3) Benoît Awazi Mbambi Kungua
présentera l’ouvrage de son neveu Fidèle AWAZI, CongoVillage aux mille visages. Si j’étais président…, Préface de Benoît AWAZI,


CERCLECAD (, Ottawa, Canada).

Let’s Chat about Bias-Neutral Policing Strategies.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
RA Centre, Clark Hall – 2451 Riverside Dr.
The Ottawa Police Service, in partnership with the Ottawa Police Services Board, invites you to join the ongoing conversation about bias-neutral policing strategies to address racial profiling:  Keynote Renée Bazile-Jones of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion will talk about bias and creating strategies for change; Executive Director of the Catholic Centre for Immigration and Ottawa Police Services Board member Carl Nicholson will be discussing the challenges and opportunities of policing today. Share your input through workshops on policy, training, recruitment, and more! *Note that keynote presentations and workshops will be delivered in English. Documentation may be requested in French. Get Involved. Give Your Input. Be Part of the Solution. Register now at #letschat    #biasneutral

REMINDER- Event @ Carleton:“Perspectives on Canada’s shifting approaches to Africa: 2003 to 2016”

  • When: March 30, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Institite of African Studies
  • Email contact:
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600 x 2220

The Institute of African Studies presents a Brownbag Seminar talk entitled “Perspectives on Canada’s shifting approaches to Africa: 2003 to 2016” with Dr. Peter Henshaw, Privy Council Office.

For poster

REMINDER-The Africa Study Group Presents :”Addressing Africa’s youth employment challenge”

DATE: Wednesday, March 30
TIME: 17:30 pm – 19:30 pm
LOCATION: St. Paul’s university, Guigues Hall, 223 Main street, Room  Room 1124, Guigues Amphitheater

Addressing Africa’s youth employment challenge. Talk by: Ms. Martha Melesse, Senior Program Specialist, IDRC, and Professor Gordon Betcherman, School of International Development and Global Studies
Youth employment is one of the most pressing challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa. The continent’s youth cohort will swell by about six million each year for the next decade. If these young people are given skills and opportunities, SSA can enjoy the benefits of a demographic dividend. But if prospects don’t improve, social and economic consequences will be serious. This session will review the main findings from a new IDRC project that studies the trends, opportunities, and challenges associated with youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa.
Biographies :

Martha Melesse is a Senior Program Specialist with the Employment and Growth Program where her work currently focuses on youth employment and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. She spearheaded a 10-country research initiative on youth entrepreneurship which led to the publication of Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs: Unlocking the Potential for a Brighter Future (2015). Since joining IDRC in 1993, she has worked in various programs covering issues of poverty, trade policy, social policy, and health systems. Martha holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Carleton University in Ottawa with specialization on health financing reform. She also holds a graduate diploma in international development and co-operation from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the United States International University.

Gordon Betcherman is a Professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research interests are in labor economics, demography, social policy, and the economics of development. His most recent publications are on the impacts of labor market regulation in developing countries, youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa, and poverty trends in Vietnamese fishing villages. Dr. Betcherman was a co-author of the World Bank’s 2013 World Development Report on Jobs. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Labor Studies (IZA) in Germany. He joined the University of Ottawa in 2009 after 11 years at the World Bank. Dr. Betcherman holds a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles.

CODESRIA 2016 Democratic Governance Institute: The African State and Public Cyber-Security Service

Deadine: 30 April 2016

Date: 18 – 29 July2016
Venue: Dakar, Senegal
Topic:The African State and Public Cyber-Security Service

Call for Application: 2016 Session

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the 2016 session of its Democratic Governance Institute. Researchers are invited to send their applications for that institute which will take place from 18 – 29 July 2016 in Dakar, Senegal.

The CODESRIA Democratic Governance Institute, which was launched in 1992, is an annual interdisciplinary forum which brings together about fifteen researchers from various regions of the continent and the Diaspora as well as a few non-African researchers conducting innovative research on topics related to the general topic of governance.


The Institute’s sessions are supervised by a scientific director who, with the support of carefully selected resource persons, ensures that a large spectrum of research and policy issues is presented to the laureates. Each laureate is expected to write an article from his/her research work for presentation during the Institute. The revised version of the articles will be peer-evaluated for publication by CODESRIA. The CODESRIA Documentation and Information Centre (CODICE) will provide participants with a comprehensive bibliography on the topic of the Institute. The participants will also have access to the facilities of a number of documentation centres in and near Dakar.


The CODESRIA Democratic Governance Institute’s working languages will be English and French. Simultaneous translation will be available during the session.

For more information, click here

IAS News-African Studies congratulates Professor Susanne Klausen

African Studies congratulates Professor Susanne Klausen (History, cross-appointed to African Studies) for her success in receiving prestigious research funding for her project “The Thalidomide Disaster, the British Abortion Act (1967), and the Passage of Eugenic Abortion Laws in the Commonwealth, 1961-1977″ from the UK’s Wellcome Trust!” For full story.

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