Tag Archives: Award

US $54 Million for financial inclusion initiatives in Africa

A press release from MasterCard Foundation dated Oct. 1, 2015 announces: “Financially Excluded People in Africa to Benefit as The MasterCard Foundation Expands Activities in Rural and Agricultural Finance.” From the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa in Lusaka: “The MasterCard Foundation …announced the initial winners of the first Innovation Competition under its US$50 million Fund for Rural […]

Kuwait prize for African health projects

The Amir of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, announced an initiative to the third African Arab Summit hosted by the State of Kuwait. This initiative described an annual award by the State of Kuwait for the advancement of economic, social, human resources, and infrastructure development in the African continent […]

Caine Prize for African Writing: Short list announced for 2015

New writing and writers from Africa are celebrated each year by the Caine Prize. From the site: The five writer shortlist for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced by Chair of judges, award-winning South African writer Zoë Wicomb. In a sign of the established calibre to be found in African writing and […]

Fellowships for Threatened Scholars

The Institute of International Education‘s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) announces an August 1 deadline for its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions outside the scholars’ home countries anywhere in the world. To nominate a scholar:  […]

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Selected to Work with African Host Institutions

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program selected 33 African Diaspora scholars to collaborate with higher education institutions in Africa on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities. The winning projects were submitted by 24 institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The scholars will receive Fellowships to travel to the […]

Doris Lessing obituary

The New York Times today describes how the author in 2007 “approached her house in sensible shoes to find journalists gathered at her door waiting to tell her that she had won the Nobel Prize for literature. ‘Oh, Christ!’ she said upon hearing the news. ‘I couldn’t care less.’” “Among the major influences on her […]

Elliot Skinner Book Award, 2013

The Association for Africanist Anthropology (AFAA) announced the winners of this year’s Elliot Skinner Book Award on November 5, 2013. They opted to award two prizes this year. Steven Feld’s book Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana (2012, Duke University Press), is an ethnography documenting the importance of Ghanian musicians in relationship […]

Kwabena Nketia Book Prize

The African Music Section (AfMS) of The Society for Ethnomusicology invites submissions for the 2014 Kwabena Nketia Book Prize [link currently broken] to recognize a book of significance in English on a topic relevant to African musical performance. Books published in 2010-2013 are considered for the 2014 prize. No book may be submitted more than once […]

Photo essay on the mentally ill in Africa

From Time‘s Lightbox newsletter: Photojournalist Robin Hammond has won the W. Eugene Smith award for his work on the mentally ill of subSaharan Africa. “Where there is war, famine, displacement, it is always the most vulnerable who suffer the greatest” says Hammond. The mentally ill, he notes, are a “voiceless minority condemned to lives of quiet misery.” […]

Again, no Ibrahim Prize for achievement in African leadership

From the Philanthropy News Digest: For the fourth time in five years , the London-based Mo Ibrahim Foundation has decided not to award its annually considered prize for excellence in African leadership. Created by Sudan-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim, the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership recognizes a democratically elected African head of state who […]