Duke Africa Initiative Student Fund Grantees 


Passion and Tension Between China and Africa

February 19, 2020 | Duke School of Law

This event, organized and moderated by Duke MA law student Karim M'ziani, focused on China-Africa diplomacy and economic investment, as well as on challenges to this bi-continental relationship. Attended by an overflow audience (100+), speakers included Amaka Anku (Eurasia Group), Eddie Mandhry (Yale University), and Sarra-Tilila Bounfour (Piper Law Firm, Paris). At a lunch conversation after the talk, where Zimbabwean food was provided, attendees engaged in lively conversation with the speakers.

Decolonizing Global Health Series

January/February/March 2020 | Duke Global Health Institute

This three-part interdisciplinary speaker series, coordinated by Laura Makumba (Duke Global Health Institute), focused on the importance of Global North –Global South collaboration in global health. The overarching goal was to provide a space where future global health leaders can engage in dialogue and participate in discussions aimed at recognizing the structures that shape prominent issues in global health; rearticulating “cultural” competency in structural terms; observing and imagining structural interventions; and developing structural humility. The presentations were held in January, February, and March.

Culture as a Political Force 

Canceled due to COVID-19 | Duke Sanford School of Public Policy & Nicholas School of the Environment

This event, organized by PhD students Maria Nagawa (Sanford) and Ekta Patel (Nicholas), will bring together an interdisciplinary panel of professors from Duke, UNC, NC State, and NCCU to speak about their work across the continent. Disciplines include anthropology, health, engineering, and political science. The panel will be held at Duke and will be aimed at graduate and undergraduate students across departments. A discussion and reception will follow to enable networking and conviviality. The event is co-sponsored by the Duke Political Science Department.