The Africa Institute was established to promote and facilitate the research being done by researchers at Western in Africa. Western University is home to nearly 100 faculty researchers and 100 graduate and postdoctoral researchers whose primary focus is Africa, in diverse fields including waste management, ecosystem health, health policy, gender studies, linguistics, refugee studies, and transitional justice. Western’s staff, faculty, and students have a strong history of involvement with the African continent, through volunteer programs and academic exchange programs.
This ongoing association has developed a deep commitment at Western University to building sustainable relationships with Africans and African institutions, and a growing engagement with the most important issues affecting the continent. We are determined to collaborate constructively with the academic community, with institutions, and with governments and agencies working in diverse sectors throughout the African continent to create a preeminent institute of its kind in the world.
Purpose: The Africa Institute at Western University was created to advance scholarship related to African societies. The Institute is an interdisciplinary entity with the participation of many faculty members, staff and students from across campus. Its members are building sustainable collaborations and partnerships with Africans to foster initiatives that address some of the most pressing issues facing the African continent.
Value Statement: To work with Africans in a respectful manner in the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, including the scholarship of discovery, integration across disciplines, engagement of those within and outside the University, and learning that goes beyond the University, for the benefit of Africans.
Goal: To be recognized as a world-class institute that serves as an incubator for translational and transformative scholarship on issues dealing with various aspects of African society through collaborative research undertaken by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.