Watson Institute at Brown University
Africa Initiative

About the Initiative

Town in Africa


The establishment of the Africa Initiative signals a long-term commitment by the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs to promote research, teaching, public engagement and sustainable partnerships in and about Africa. Focusing on key questions, issues and problems about which Brown faculty, students and our African partners have both great interest and significant expertise, the Africa Initiative will at the same time offer a supportive and welcoming umbrella under which a wider set of programs and activities can be nurtured. With the aim of building a community of scholars dedicated to the study and understanding of Africa, the initiative will endeavor to maximize student participation, cultivating a new generation of citizens, scholars and leaders connected to the continent.