Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

November 20 2015


African Studies Newsletter

TODAY- Jamaican Self Help Fundraising Event

Under the patronage of the High Commissioner for Jamaica to Canada

Jamaican Self-Help Otawa Commitee presents:A Musical Event

Featuring children and youth choirs from Faith Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, Emmanuel Apostolic Church and Jubilee Apostolic Church (UPC)

Friday November 20, 2015 – 7pm at Jubilee Apostolic Church

3662 Albion Road

Admission Free / Donations welcomed

Proceeds will support programs for children & youth in Kingston Jamaica

(Tax receipts for donations of $20 or more)

For more information: 613-843-1762

‘da KINK in my hair

The play is in Ottawa for one night only: 7:30 pm on November 21st, 2015 at the Ottawa Little Theatre (400 King Edward Avenue) Details below and ticket sales information at 


“…I have rarely seen such a response from the audience, with cheers and rounds of applause throughout the show and a standing ovation culmination”  The Stage, London, UK

On Saturday November 21 st, 2015 Trey Anthony will bring the multi award-winning and critically acclaimed ‘da Kink in my Hair (Girls in Red Lipstick) theatrical play to Ottawa as part of its record-setting cross Canada tour! Named one of the top ten plays in Canadian Theatrical History, the show broke box office records in England and across the U.S.A., and has already played to sold-out audiences across Northern Canada and the GTA, and is the winner of a record 5 NAACP Theatre Awards. 
Set in a hair salon in Toronto, ‘da Kink in my Hair gives voice to  women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. 

This is a show you will not want to miss!!

 Be prepared to laugh, cry and exhale….

Check out more at:

Saturday November 21, 2015

Ottawa Little Theatre
400 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa, ON 
Start time 7:30 pm

Tickets: $33.00 ADVANCE * $39 @ Door
Open to all ages

Tickets online at or 
Ottawa Little Theatre Box-office (613-233-8948)

To inquire about the group sales for 10 or more people or the very special High School student rate of $20 per person (which includes an exclusive meet and greet with the cast post-show)  please
“The best thing about ‘da Kink is that is gives these women and these stories a rare outing in public life, and rarer still on our stages. Ms. Anthony knows how to structure each monologue…that’s the essence of the play” 
– Globe&Mail
Ottawa, hope to see you on Saturday November 21st!

Evidence to Action: Pathways for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Markus Goldstein, Lead Economist World Bank Research Group

Professor Shelley Clark, Department of Sociology, McGill University

The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) initiative at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), invites you to the event Evidence to Action: Pathways for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa. Guest speaker Markus Goldstein, the Gender Practice Leader at the World Bank will present  ongoing work from the Africa Gender Innovation Lab on youth employment and land & assets as pathways to improve women’s economic empowerment. Professor Clark will present her work on improved childcare in Nairobi slums to create better economic opportunities for women.

Join the discussion on the broader agenda on women’s economic empowerment and how we can improve collaboration for maximum impact.

Event details:

When: Monday November 23, 2015. 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Where: International Development Research Center. 150 Kent Street. Nayudamma Lounge, 8th floor.

We kindly ask that you email to RSVP. This event will be held in English.


About the speakers:

Dr. Goldstein is a development economist with experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. He is currently the Gender Practice Leader in the Africa Region and a Lead Economist in the Research Group of the World Bank. His current research centers on issues of gender and economic activity, focusing on agriculture and small scale enterprises. He is currently involved in a number of impact evaluations on these topics across Africa.

Prof. Clark is a Full Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the CFI-funded Life History, Health, and HIV/AIDS data laboratory. Specifically, her research examines how adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa make key transitions to adulthood in the midst of an on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic. She is currently exploring the implications of single motherhood on women’s poverty and children’s health over the life course.

About GrOW:

The GrOW program supports research that generates new evidence on the barriers to women’s economic empowerment and the links between women’s economic empowerment and economic growth in low-income countries. The aim is to support policies and interventions that improve economic outcomes and opportunities for poor women in these countries.  GrOW supports 14 research projects operating in over 50 countries with a focus on South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

GrOW is a five-year, multi-funder partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. The program was launched in June 2013 with a budget of CA$17 million.

For questions about the program or the event, contact the GrOW team at:

About the Gender Innovation Lab:

The Gender Innovation Lab conducts impact evaluations in four key areas including agriculture, private sector development, land & assets and youth employment, as well as a handful of impact evaluations that explore new areas of research or provide specific support to an ongoing project. The lab is currently working on more than 50 impact evaluations across Sub-Saharan Africa.

South African Rainbow Nation Association Dinner, Dance and Fundraiser

Friday, December 4, 2015
7:00 pm to 12:00 am (Buffet at 8:00 p.m.)
Royal Canadian Legion,  33 Kent Street (at MacLaren)
Admission: Adults – Free for Members if you bring food to share. Guests $10/pp & Bring a dish to share. Fun, dancing & friendship whilst directly helping our South African charities. DJ Music – bring your Favourite SA CD! “Bring your dancing shoes, music will be provided by Tribal Threat – Ottawa’s only Southern African Djs”.

Silent Auction Fundraising for South African Charities, An opportunity to bid for some select Xmas gifts from SARNA & Ubuntu Grannies. Cash Bar.

DRESS: Smart, casual or traditional!

RSVP by Friday, November 27      indicate food or dessert you will bring to the party.Ken (613)830-0287-; Denzil Feinberg (613) 231-5915 –

La prochaine conférence de CERCLECAD : « Mgr Emmanuel MILINGO, Dieu, l’Afrique et le monde des esprits. Une Déconstruction théologico-politique de l’Exorcisme en Afrique postcoloniale et dans les diasporas africaines en Occident »

La prochaine conférence mensuelle de notre année scientifique 2015/2016 aura lieu le samedi 28 novembre 2015 comme d’habitude à 15H00dans 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).

Elle sera donnée par le Professeur Benoît Awazi Mbambi Kungua, Président du CERCLECAD, sous le titre suivant : « Mgr Emmanuel MILINGO, Dieu, l’Afrique et le monde des esprits. Une Déconstruction théologico-politique de l’Exorcisme en Afrique postcoloniale et dans les diasporas africaines en Occident ».

Notice autobiographique  du Professeur Benoît AWAZI MBAMBI KUNGUA.

Docteur en Philosophie de l’université Paris IV-Sorbonne (avec une thèse en phénoménologie : Donation, Saturation et Compréhension. Phénoménologie de la donation et phénoménologie herméneutique : Une alternative ?, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2005, dirigée par le professeur Jean Luc Marion de l’Académie française) et titulaire d’un DEA en Théologie de l’université de Strasbourg, Benoît Awazi Mbambi Kungua focalise ses recherches pluridisciplinaires sur la quête d’un leadership éthique, intellectuel, prophétique et réticulaire, pour l’éclosion effective d’une « Autre Afrique », celle qui marche, fière, digne et debout, vers l’édification d’un avenir prospère pour ses populations malmenées par la crise économique dite pompeusement « mondiale ». Il est l’actuel président du Centre de Recherches Pluridisciplinaires sur les Communautés d’Afrique noire et des diasporas (Cerclecad,, Ottawa, Canada) basé à Ottawa, au Canada. Parmi ses ouvrages, signalons : Panorama de la Théologie négro-africaine contemporaine, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2002 ; Donation, Saturation et Compréhension. Phénoménologie de la donation et phénoménologie herméneutique : Une alternative ?, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2005 ; Panorama des Théologies négro-africaines anglophones, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2008 ; Le Dieu crucifié en Afrique. Esquisse d’une Christologie négro-africaine de la libération holistique, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2008 ; De la Postcolonie à la Mondialisation néolibérale. Radioscopie éthique de la crise négro-africaine contemporaine, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2011. Son dernier ouvrage paru est : Déconstruction phénoménologique et théologique de la modernité occidentale : Michel Henry, Hans Urs von Balthasar et Jean-Luc Marion, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2015.

REMINDER-Talk @ Carleton: “Democracy in Danger in Democratic Republic of the Congo”

  • When: December 01, 2015
  • Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433 ( History Lounge)
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Institute of African Studies
  • Email contact:
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600×2220

The Institute of African Studies presents a talk entitled “Democracy in Danger in Democratic Republic of the Congo” by Decky Kipuka Kabongi
(Carleton University) on Tuesday, December 1st, 2:30 p.m. in 433 Paterson Hall (History Lounge).

Decky Kipuka Kabongi is a Ph.D candidate in international development policy at the NPSIA at Carleton University. His area of research interest is on the nexus of security and development in the African Great Lakes Region. For his Ph.D dissertation, Decky is investigating, using econometrics analysis, the determinants of variations in military spending in Africa across time and sub-regions. Decky holds master’s degrees in economics and public affairs. He was born and educated in the DRC where he also worked for the United Nations. He teaches the political economy of the African Great Lakes at Carleton University and is the founder of the Emmanuel Centre for Development Initiatives, a not-for-profit organization that is helping poor children have access to education in Uganda and eastern DRC.

For event poster

ISS Pretoria: Senior Researcher and Coordinator, African Futures and Innovation

The ISS is seeking a Senior Researcher and Coordinator in the African Futures and Innovation section. The candidate will coordinate a small team that focuses on large-scale analysis, forecasting and scenario development of the long-term future of Africa and its member countries using various data sets. Much of the work is done in partnership with the Frederick S Pardee Center for International Futures at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. The candidate will be expected, over time, to master and use the International Futures (IFs) software system. For more on the ISS’ futures work see: is an exciting position with considerable scope for new opportunities at a time when the global environment is changing rapidly. The Senior Researcher and Coordinator will report to the head of the African Futures and Innovation section.


  • Using the IFs model and other datasets the candidate will undertake analysis of historical trends, as well as current and future developments in agriculture, demographics, economics, education, energy, environment, health, governance and conflict
  • Project management
  • Liaison and networking with a variety of senior level stakeholders
  • Conducting desktop and primary research
  • Managing commissioned researchers
  • Chairing meetings
  • Overseeing the African Futures website
  • Developing new project proposals, donor reports and fundraising


  • At least a Masters degree in economics, political science, international relations or sociology, PhD preferable
  • At least five years’ experience in research, quantitative analysis, modelling, systems, development, policy analysis, statistics. Exposure to scenario development/long-term forecasting would be advantageous
  • Dynamic, hardworking and flexible with a keen interest in African issues
  • Experience in project management, including management of budgets, reporting and staff management
  • Proven ability to work at senior level with governments, multilateral organisations, research organisations and the private sector
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills and the ability to package information in different formats (such as op-eds, research papers, digital and social media)
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Competency in French and/or Portuguese is an advantage
  • Willing to undertake considerable travel.

The contract will be for two years, and may be renewed subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, four references (two personal and two professional), and electronic copies of two single-authored publications. Applications should be emailed to Rekha Valabh at by 11 December 2015. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Closing date: 11 December 2015

The ISS is committed to achieving employment equity in the workplace. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

CALL FOR STUDENT RESEARCHERS-Kenya Devolution: Explaining Variation in Land Administration Processes

This project seeks to recruit 4 MA, MSc, or PhD students who will each conduct 4 weeks of
county-level field research in the period spanning Feb. 1 to April 30, 2016. Project leaders are a team of US, UK, and Kenya, academics working through the British Institute in East Africa and funded largely by the London School of Economics International Inequality Institute Project Innovation Fund. They are Catherine Boone (LSE), Ambreena Manji (Cardiff Law), Jacqueline Klopp (Columbia), Karuti Kanyinga (U. Nairobi), and Alex Dyzenhaus (BIEA).

Each student’s field research expenses (up to GPB 1500) will be covered by the project upon
participation in the team process, meeting reporting deadlines, and justification of expenses.
The project employs a political-economy and comparative case study research design, rooted in Political Science. The operational strategy is to try to uncover determinants of cross-county variation in the extent to which the new county institutions serve their formally stated objectives, including equity-enhancing land management at the county level. Our questions include:

  • Are community land board operational? How do they operate?
  • Have land valuation, registration, or contacting procedures changed since 2010?
  • How is county land being managed?
  • Have land taxes or revisions thereof been added to the local government agenda?

These are all important in determining the availability and security of land rights, protecting
public land, facilitating land transactions, and ensuring the financial viability of the counties.
Student researchers should be working on a MSc, MA, or PhD research that concerns questions of Kenya counties, devolution, the Kenyan constitution, land use and/or land administration, taxation, or subnational level political or administrative practices and policies. All successful applicants will provide a letter (or email) of support from their faculty supervisor.

An information meeting led by our local project coordinater, Mr. Alex Dyzenhaus, will be held at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) on Monday, Nov. 23, at 12:30. The BIEA is
located on Laikipia Rd., just past Viraj Gardens.
Contact for details.

Applications are due on Dec. 15. These should be accompanied by a letter/email expressing
faculty support. Please submit applications and supporting emails/letters electronically, to

Click here to download the application form

Researchers selected for the project will be notified via email on approx. Dec. 22.
The first Nairobi meeting of the team will be held on Jan. 4 and 5, 2016 at the BIEA in Nairobi.

Please address inquiries to: Mr. Alex Dyzenhaus, British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA),

IAS News- Exploring Culture in a Digital Divide


Read about Professor Nduka Otonio’s experience during his Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship at the Delta State University (DELSU).

The story is here

IAS News:Video of “Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa” talk now posted

Video of “Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa” talk now posted










The video of the IAS November 4th Public Talk and Book Launch of  On Their Own: Women, Urbanization, and the Right to the City in South Africa with Allison Goebel, Queen’s University, is now available.

The video can be found on our YouTube channel.

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