Architecture students design a new green complex to bring education, clean water and sustainable food sources to East African villages
PHOTO Last spring, a handful of architecture students were faced with a daunting and unfamiliar challenge: design a school for a village 8,000 miles away in the African Simanjiro region, where water is scarce, the average wage is $1.25 a day and half the children die by age 5. Michael Garrison, professor in the School… » Continue Reading
Working in Botswana’s villages and countryside, geographer Kelley Crews explores how ongoing changes affect its people and ecosystems
The people of the Okavango River Delta region of Botswana live close to the land. The delta’s watery fingers provide water for crops and livestock. They draw wildlife that sustain the tourism industry and they grow grasses that go into crafts and other products. Kelley Crews, an associate professor in the Department of Geography and… » Continue Reading
Dynamic mapping, other techniques enable Strauss Center scholars to pinpoint African areas most vulnerable to climate change
Since the Cold War’s end, the source of threats to America’s security has shifted from great powers to failing states. Terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Genocide in Darfur and Rwanda. Peacekeeping and disaster relief efforts threaten to strain an already stretched military. Now the Defense Department is considering… » Continue Reading
Professor finds thriving markets, vast business opportunities and optimistic consumers throughout continent
Africa Rising: Is Africa a lost cause? With stories of disease and famine coming out of the continent every day, it is easy to understand why some might come to that conclusion. Africa is a charity case, the thinking goes, and not a winning one at that. Even the brightest academics like Vijay Mahajan can be swayed by the constant wave of negativity about Africa in the mainstream media. To set the record straight, he embarked on a journey across Africa, traveling thousands of miles and listening to hundreds of stories from business leaders, entrepreneurs and consumers over three years.