Lessons from Global Network Week in Ghana

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On a plastic chair, she sat off to the side in a thin white shirt, refusing the needlestick. Fever and weakness were upon her, yet she would not allow the staff to test her for malaria. Only when the volunteer and her new friend—an American graduate student on a volunteer program at the orphanage—came back did Angelica even consider allowing the test. That is how the orphanage survived: through scattered volunteers, zero government assistance, philanthropic Ghanaians, and day by day. For Angelica, 10 years old by calendar but appearing no older than eight, it was no different. The food and financial donations given that day, coordinated by Yale School of Management Executive MBA student Phoenica Fitts and University of Ghana Business School coordinator Yvonne Barnieh, would help for a day or two, hopefully long enough for her test to come back and for her to start feeling better.



At F&ES, Rwanda Official Makes Case for Stronger Policy-Academic Partnership

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Last year, Rwanda became the third of 39 countries to ratify the Kigali Amendment, an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that, among other goals, set a timetable for reducing the production and usage of hydrofluorocarbons, a category of potent planet-warming gases, in cooling and refrigeration systems.

The agreement, which struck a balance between the need for these air-cooling technologies in a warming world and the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was named for the Rwandan capital that hosted the meeting where the agreement was reached. It was approved by nearly 200 national “parties” to the historic Montreal Protocol, the 1987 international treaty that sought to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances.


Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo Discusses Democracy and Development in Africa

A new age is dawning on the African continent, one that will utilize democratic processes and economic development to create a prosperous, independent future for the African people, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, president of the Republic of Ghana, told an audience at the Yale School of Management on September 27.

“Democracy and freedom are providing the political, social, and economic platforms for Africa’s long-awaited development,” Akufo-Addo said. “Africa is on the cusp of building a great new civilization, one which will unleash the great energy and potential of the African people.”

Akufo-Addo spoke about democracy and development in Africa to a capacity audience in Yale SOM’s Zhang Auditorium as part of the Leaders Forum lecture series. The series brings leaders from business and government to Yale to speak students. The event was also part of Yale President Peter Salovey’s Yale Africa Initiative.


Yale Women For Africa Forum, 2018

Over the last 20 years, women have increased their presence in governments across Africa, but — like their peers elsewhere — they still lag far behind men. Through its Leadership Forum for Strategic Impact, Yale is working to enhance the knowledge and skills of senior African women leaders and to build a network of peers and thought leaders across the continent. This video illustrates how the Forum — supported by La Fundación Mujeres por África (the Women for Africa Foundation) and Banco Santander — helps to successfully amplify the effectiveness and influence of women in African governments.

Alumni volunteers’ efforts made ‘real difference’ in South African township

Two Yale alumni speak to 10th graders in South Africa as part of a tutoring program.

Yale Alumni Service Corps (YASC) is in its landmark 10th year, having organized trips across the globe that have helped thousands of people in underserved communities ranging from Brazil to India to West Virginia — all while leaving a lasting impression on the hundreds of alumni who have volunteered.

Recently, Rob Biniaz ’75 led more than 90 Yale alumni, family, and friends on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa, to undertake a broad series of service initiatives. The trip was the first for YASC in South Africa and its first-ever in an urban community.

In conjunction with the Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Management, University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Business Activator, and Amandla Development, a local nonprofit founded and led by Scott Clarke ’02, YASC volunteers worked in Cape Town’s Philippi Township to create sustainable, integral projects designed to live on long after the time the volunteers have left.


YYAS helps African students navigate path to higher education abroad

In Rwanda, Yale student instructor Elizabeth Olatunji ’20 shows YYAS students how to access online university applications.

Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS), a flagship program of the Yale Africa Initiative, held sessions in Kigali, Rwanda July 29-Aug. 7, and in Accra, Ghana Aug. 11-20.

This year, the program, which aims to make higher education more accessible to Africa’s most talented student leaders, included a cohort of more than 300 students who were chosen from nearly 2,000 applicants from 34 African countries. The program is administered by Yale staff and more than 20 Yale undergraduate and graduate students — most of whom hail from the continent themselves — who serve as instructors and mentors to the participants by leading discussion on a variety of topics ranging from the arts and the humanities, social sciences, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).