Community development

Transnational Community Development for Youth Empowerment: Possibilities for Collaborations in Music Residencies

Music and dance are the basis for a collaborative creative youth project on migration, featuring groups in Colombus OH, and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Workshop with students, Ezé Wendtoin, Aristide Nikiema, Massamba Diop, and Jason Buchea at the Thiossane Institute in Columbus, Ohio | Carolin Müller, 2019

Slums and Informal Settlements: By the People and for the People: A New Approach for Slum Upgrading

The development of informal urban settlements is a perennial challenge for residents and municipal authorities—a challenge compounded by the absence of consultative processes and shared objectives. Alon Cohen Lifshitz presents two grassroots initiatives, seeking to give slum dwellers a voice and a stake in their own futures.

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Workshop with students, Ezé Wendtoin, Aristide Nikiema, Massamba Diop, and Jason Buchea at the Thiossane Institute in Columbus, Ohio | Carolin Müller, 2019

Transnational Community Development for Youth Empowerment: Possibilities for Collaborations in Music Residencies

Dr. Carolin Müller

Music and dance are the basis for a collaborative creative youth project on migration, featuring groups in Colombus OH, and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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The Writer’s Voice

Akin Ajayi

What can development work learn from fiction written by African authors? More than just a good story, Akin Ajayi argues

Published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart has long been heralded as an inaugural moment in African fiction writing. This is true, but only up to a point. At the same time, a statement intended as praise misses a more important lesson that fiction writing from across the continent of Africa offers the wider world—then and now, for post-colonialists of the time and for development agencies and specialists today.