News: Africa

Telling the Stories of the People of African Descent

by Nick Ogutu (MSW’17) Human Rights Activist The United Nations General Assembly, through resolution 68/237, proclaimed 2015 to 2024 to…

June 6, 2017 @ 4:54 pm

Global Social Work: Paths to Service in Africa

In an online event held on February 15, alumnus Jarret Schecter (MSW’14) and Columbia School of Social Work Professor Lynn…

February 23, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

Social Work Practice Prepared Her for Politics, Says Zambia’s First Woman Vice President

On the occasion of International Women’s Week, the Columbia School of Social Work hosted an event featuring Her Honor Inonge Wina, a former social worker. The focus of her remarks was women’s empowerment.

March 16, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

Have You Voted Yet for Our Alumna Becky Straw? She and Her Nonprofit Are Up for DVF Award

Alumna Becky Straw and the co-founder of her nonprofit, The Adventure Project, have been nominated for a DVF Award in the category of The People’s Voice, for their work in the developing world on women’s empowerment.

March 12, 2015 @ 9:49 pm

Sending Holiday Wishes to Alumna Jennifer Bornemann, Working to Fight Ebola in Liberia

Alumna Jennifer Bornemann (MS’00) has been deployed to Monrovia, Liberia, to care for victims of Ebola. We wish her all the best and our thoughts are with her during the holidays.

December 24, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

SWM-011: The Ebola Crisis as Seen from the Lens of International Social Work

In this episode, Associate Professor Louisa Gilbert and doctoral candidate Angela Aifah discuss the reaction to the Ebola health crisis in the United States.

October 17, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

Professor Sachs Outlines Model for Slowing Africa’s Population Growth

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs was the special guest at a seminar hosted by the Columbia Population Research Center. He spoke about bringing population trends back into the model for Africa’s economic development. Watch the introduction on video.

December 11, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Social Change Agent Alexis Miesen (MS’04)

In the first of an occasional series featuring members of the Columbia School of Social Work community who have served as agents of social change, Alexis Meisen tells the story of how the ice cream shop she co-founded in Brooklyn ended up opening a branch in Rwanda. Watch video.

October 4, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

The Future Is Here

After nearly ten years of running programs in southern Uganda to give AIDS orphans an opportunity to open up their own savings accounts, Professor Fred Ssewamala has reached an important milestone.

April 18, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

An Alumna Aspires to Raising the Profile of Women Across Africa

As Black History Month draws to a close, we turn to recent graduate Moiyattu Banya (MS’09), a passionate social entrepreneur who specializes in African women’s empowerment, for some inspiration.

February 28, 2013 @ 12:59 am

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