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Democracy can only improve a nation state, right?

Jul. 17, 2019—Many Nigerians feel democracy has failed them. History professor Moses Ochonu proposes three changes in order to save the nation's political framework.

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Study: Transparency, competition key to improving legislators’ performance

May. 2, 2018—Politicians will work harder at their jobs when their performance is reported to constituents early in their terms—but only where there’s a degree of competition from rival parties.

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Team’s mobile app helping healthcare workers in Africa

Nov. 16, 2017—A smartphone application called mUzima, developed for healthcare workers by Vanderbilt’s Martin Were, MD, MS, and his team, is catching on in eastern Africa.

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Citizens’ attitudes toward taxation in Malawi

Nov. 15, 2017—Writing in the Office of Cross-College Initiatives' BreakThru blog, political science Ph.D. student SangEun Cecilia Kim finds that poverty is the most common factor driving the tax aversion of Malawi citizens.

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LGBT rights and health on the African continent

Nov. 10, 2017—The recent decriminalization of homosexuality in Mozambique has not made it easier for LGBT advocacy groups to support these populations within the country.

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Vanderbilt’s first-ever Africa Week set for April 2–7

Mar. 29, 2017—To raise awareness of university opportunities to engage with Africa, Vanderbilt will host its first-ever Africa Week April 2-7, sponsored by the Trans-Institutional Program Africa at a Crossroads.

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Vanderbilt law students file amicus brief in African human rights case

Mar. 3, 2017—Law students are taking part in a case before the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights by filing a brief about an anti-terrorist statute in Ethiopia.

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Blood exposures for traditional healers

Sep. 23, 2016—Traditional healers in sub-Saharan have a high rate of exposure to blood, putting them at risk for HIV and hepatitis C.

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GE grant expands global medical outreach efforts

Dec. 12, 2013—Vanderbilt University has received a $3 million grant from the GE Foundation’s Developing Health Globally program to fund international medical education and research in Kenya and other low-resource regions of the world.

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Roger Thurow “The Last Hunger Season”

Oct. 8, 2013—Roger Thurow, whose reporting on famine in Africa has received international accolades, spoke at Vanderbilt University Divinity School Sept. 18. Thurow’s talk is part of the Cal Turner Program Lecture Series. Thurow is a senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which he joined in 2010 after...

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Exodus of physicians to America causing ‘brain drain’ in Africa

Sep. 18, 2013—The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in the number of physicians trained in Sub-Saharan Africa emigrating to the United States, resulting in a “brain drain” on nations in the greatest need for affordable and accessible health care.

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Global hunger activist and expert to speak at Vanderbilt

Sep. 16, 2013—Roger Thurow, whose reporting on famine in Africa has received international accolades, will speak at the Divinity School as part of the Cal Turner Lecture Series Sept. 18.

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