International Studies & Programs

Publications

Summary Report of AAP Convening (PDF)

Michigan State University International Studies and Programs and African Studies Center hosted a co-creation workshop to engage invited African guests and MSU faculty in open discussion and collaboration on the changing landscape in Africa and the future of institutional partnerships. This workshop provided an opportunity for the MSU community and African leaders to come together to share and build upon ideas about partnership, provide meaningful feedback, and identify the best approaches for building the AAP.

The purpose of this convening was to consider new ways that MSU and its partners in Africa can work together to address the emerging challenges of the new Millennium. The focus of the workshop was on partnerships— understanding previous experiences with partnership, identifying the crucial elements of partnership, and innovating new ways to expand the range of effective and sustainable partnerships to promote research, teaching, outreach, and mutual capacity building.

Rethinking African Partnerships for Global Solutions (PDF)

This is the first in a series of publications that will be put out by the Alliance for African Partnership on various aspects of partnerships in the African context. This edited volume and inaugural AAP publication was the product of numerous discussions in 2016 and 2017 with colleagues in African universities, research institutes, governments, private sector organizations and civil society, as well as with strategic development partners and MSU's Africanist faculty. It is a joint effort between MSU and African contributors and examines the history and trends of partnership as well as aspects of partnership that align with the AAP's three pillars: Building Bridges, Transforming Institutions, and Transforming Lives.

Enhancing United States Efforts to Develop Sustainable Agri-Food Systems in Africa (PDF)

In this policy brief, AAP colleagues lay out a new approach for development assistance in Africa—one that shifts the role of international partner organizations. Instead of providing the technologies, services and answers themselves, partners should help African organizations to do so. The authors emphasize the need to strengthen land grant-type public institutions in Africa that played a huge role in the development of U.S. agriculture.

The Agrifood Youth Employment and Engagement Study (AgYees)

AgYees examines the potential of sub-Saharan Africa's agrifood systems to provide new jobs for unemployed, underemployed and disadvantaged youth, and identifies constraints affecting the capacity of youth to take up these economic opportunities.