Botswana : USAID Opens New Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub

Media Advisory: USAID Opens New Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub in Botswana

U.S. Ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller will preside over the official opening ceremony of the new Botswana office of the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development, the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works throughout the region to improve the livelihoods of Southern Africans by increasing access to trade and broadening investment.

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub is the fourth generation of USAID projects focused on these goals. The previous version of the Southern Africa Trade Hub made many contributions on behalf of the U.S. Government to develop growth sectors including agribusiness, food processing, textiles and apparel, and infrastructure in Botswana and the entire SADC region.

The new Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub will continue to work closely with the Government of Botswana and in particular the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry to break down barriers to trade to increase exports, achieve regional economic integration, increase uptake in utilization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act by Botswana businesses, improve productivity, and facilitate robust regional trade and global market access.

The event will begin with a program on the top floor of the iTowers building at 9:00 am and be followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the new offices on Floor 16, including refreshments.

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub reflects the American people’s commitment to support communities across Southern Africa, helping to ensure that the population of Botswana and countries throughout the region are provided with economic opportunities to build themselves better lives.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy in Botswana.

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Sierra Leone mudslide :Preventing spread of disease is vital – WHO

Preventing spread of disease in wake of mudslides is vital, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last week’s mudslides and flooding in Freetown. The Organization is also working with partners to ensure ongoing health care for the injured and displaced, and to provide psychological aid to those coping with trauma.

Around 500 people are known to have died as a result of the flooding and mudslides that devastated whole communities in and around Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and hundreds more are still missing. With thousands displaced and local infrastructure destroyed, WHO has mobilized significant human, technical and financial resources to respond to the emergency.

“The mudslides have caused extreme suffering and loss of life, and we must do all we can to protect the population from additional health risks,” said Alexander Chimbaru, Officer in Charge of WHO Sierra Leone.

With damage to water and sanitation facilities, residents of affected areas are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of pre-existing infectious diseases including malaria and diarrheal conditions such as typhoid and cholera. The most recent cholera outbreak in the country occurred in 2012.

WHO is working with health authorities in the country to maximize efforts to prevent and respond to disease outbreaks. Cholera response kits, including rapid testing tools, are being distributed to areas at risk; health and community workers are being trained to recognize the signs of priority diseases, and the Organization is sending additional cholera and emergency kits to the country.

“While the Government and WHO are working hard to strengthen health services in the affected areas, we also urge the population to take the following precautions to help avoid a possible outbreak: hand washing, drinking only water that has been properly boiled or treated, use of latrines for sanitation, and adherence to good food hygiene practices”, added Dr. Chimbaru.

WHO is also providing extensive support in the area of infection prevention and control at health facilities and at the mortuary located at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, as well as community engagement and psychological first aid.

Distributed by APO on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.

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Rhode University, South Africa : Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Geopolitics and the arts of Africa

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: Rhodes University, South Africa
by Mark Dike DeLancey




Suitable candidates are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship hosted by the National Research Foundation SARChI Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa at Rhodes University, South Africa. The successful Postdoctoral Fellow will be an active participant in the Arts of Africa and Global Souths research programme, which comprises Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa (NRF/DST) and Publishing and Research of the South: Positioning Africa (Mellon). The programme is based in the Fine Art Department at Rhodes University.

The fellowship is worth R200 000 per annum (tax exempt), and the academic year runs from January to December 2018.

The Goals of the SARChI Research Programme are to:

* Produce high quality research outputs

* Foster a culture of academic sharing and cooperation by working on related topics

* Develop, as a team, non-hierarchical forms of ‘sideways learning’

* Build research capacity through a co-operative research culture

* Build collaborations with scholars on the African continent

* Address pertinent socio-political concerns in Africa and various global south contexts


Summary of Fellowship Criteria:


* Candidates must have obtained their PhD in a relevant discipline within the last five years

* Candidates’ research needs to focus on the visual and performing arts of Africa and needs to intersect meaningfully with the programme’s research areas

* Candidates must be of exceptional merit as evidenced by the quality of their research

* Preference will be given to candidates based on the African continent

* Candidates based in other global south contexts will be considered

* Candidates need to demonstrate an ability to submit for publication at least two new articles based on original research in relevant accredited journals during the Fellowship


Conditions of the Award:

* The successful candidate must reside in Grahamstown for the duration of the Fellowship

* The Fellowship cannot be held concurrently with supplementary funding or salary

* The University expects that all publications, creative works and other academic products of the Fellowship will bear appropriate acknowledgement with full affiliation to Rhodes University and the NRF/DST Research Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa

* The University reserves the right to request the refund of any fellowship paid to the Fellow should the Fellow terminate his or her contract prior to its completion


Application Process and Deadline:
Please email a brief Expression of Interest to Charmaine Mostert ( and request an Application Form.  In the Expression of Interest include your area of research, the date your PhD was awarded, the institution that awarded the degree, and your current institutional affiliation (if applicable).


Submit the completed Application Form and accompanying documents listed on the form to Charmaine Mostert ( by September 15, 2017.

An applicant who has not completed her/his PhD at the time the Fellowship is offered must have successfully completed the PhD by the end of 2017. In these circumstances the Research Chair, Professor Ruth Simbao ( will require written assurance from the applicant’s Supervisor that there is a reasonable expectation that the examination process will be successfully completed by the end of 2017.


If you have any questions, please contact Charmaine Mostert (

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CFP : Road Signs: Toward a Cultural History of Africa’s Infrastructures

CFP: Road Signs: Toward a Cultural History of Africa’s Infrastructures
by Mark Dike DeLancey via H-AfrArts

Call for Papers for the Panel: Road Signs: Toward a Cultural History of Africa’s Infrastructures

As part of the 2018 ACC International Urban Conference

Cape Town, 1-2 February 2018

https://www. call-submission-acc- international-urban- conference/

Deadline for submission: 15 September 2017

Panel Description:
Infrastructure, especially the physical remaking of Africa’s so-called megacities, has become an important topic in African studies in recent years. This scholarship often focuses on the global politics of exchange—the circulation of materials, people, and capital across vast spaces and different geographies. Such analyses of Africa’s infrastructures and city plans can reveal the hegemonic statecraft of large-scale design, but they also tend to reproduce the logic and technopolitics of capitalist globalization and modernization. In doing so, they risk to not only obscure the human consequences and environmental cost of infrastructure building, but also to naturalize macro-scale perspectives, reducing lived experience to issues of local versus global, and national or foreign politics.

This panel seeks to reorient the study of infrastructure from the geopolitical to the cultural by asking questions about the kinds of modes of being and seeing such material interventions embody and enact in Africa. That is, how are roads, railways, damns, and telecommunication networks sites of cultural inscription and symbolic expression? Beyond facilitating circulation and exchange, how do they address, even constitute people as mobile subjects? How can accounts of infrastructure encompass the politics of the everyday or the creative and imaginary dimension of infrastructural forms? What interpretive frameworks can help us to reveal the practical, aesthetic, and formal qualities of infrastructure that  remain unrecognized in mainstream accounts of Africa’s built landscapes? How are highways, bridges, and mobile phones forms of spatial practice? This session invites papers that address these questions in order to critically reposition infrastructure within architectural, cultural, and spatial histories.

Please email the panel co-chairs: 


Professor Kenny Cupers, University of Basel

Professor Prita Meier, New York University

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