|CGC Africa Project Director Candidate Brief
|11 July 2013
OVERVIEW – COLUMBIA GLOBAL CENTERS
Columbia Global Centers | Africa (CGC Africa) is part of Columbia University’s global network of
centers, which together aim to create opportunities in research, scholarship and teaching
around the world, and expand Columbia's mission as a global University. Established in Nairobi
in 2011, CGC Africa links the continent to Columbia’s scientific rigor, technological innovation,
and academic leadership. The Centre works closely with policy makers, governments, and
regional and African institutions, providing them with objective, science-based advice.
The Center aims to:
- Enable the highest levels of knowledge and learning in and for Africa
- Create a hub for global curriculum and scholarly outreach in the region
- Link the academic pursuits of the Global Center to Columbia’s main campus and around
- Advance Columbia’s vision of producing 21st century global citizens, equipped to meet
today’s greatest challenges
The establishment of the Center ushers in an exciting new era in objective, unbiased
scholarship in and for Africa. The Nairobi Center aims to become the preeminent research and
development institute providing thought leadership, cutting edge research, and expansion of
scientific knowledge in the region. As an essential hub in the global centers network, and the
only one to be based in Africa, the Center links Kenya and the continent to a vast body of
knowledge, scholarship and enquiry, and provides an avenue for Africa to influence debates at
the highest level.
In the field of development, the Center aims to contribute to the fight against poverty undertaken
by African Governments under the umbrella of the Millennium Development Goals. Toward this
end, the Center will facilitate research, dialogue and technical support for African countries. The
Center will also work closely with policy makers, governments, and regional and African
institutions including the African Union (AU), Common Market for East and Southern Africa
(COMESA), providing them with objective, science-based advice free of bias or self-interest.
The Center will create a platform for high-level policy dialogue, and a forum that celebrates free
speech, good governance and basic human rights.
The goal of the African Soils Information Service Project is to improve the management,
productivity and sustainability of African soils through the acquisition and application of near
real-time and location-specific information about land and soils. The Project supports evidence
based decision-making that will enhance agricultural and economic development, environmental
sustainability and climate change adaptation across Africa.
To learn more about the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS) please visit the following
websites: http://www.africasoils.net/ and