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Learning & Resource Center

The Africa Collaborative Learning Initiative established five priorities in aiming to provide learning opportunities through its Learning and Resource Center

  1. Engaged Scholarship and Immersive Learning

  2. Improving African access to, and co-production, of knowledge

  3. Closing the Governance Gap

  4. Building Democracy

  5. Reclaiming Security

Books and Other Publications


Freedom Gates

The period 1989 -1995 was one of widespread political upheaval and transition in Africa. The involvement of The Carter Center, and of President Jimmy Carter and his associates, in several countries has not been fully examined by researchers. Preliminary work conducted by Northwestern undergraduates can be expanded. In addition to increasing our understanding of important events during this period, this work can contribute to assessments of political advances and setbacks during the subsequent three decades.


From left, with Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, former president of Zambia; with Prof. Adu Boahen, then leader of Ghana opposition to military rule; and with Gayle Spencer, director of Carter Center conflict resolution program, and Isaias Afewerki, leader of the Eritrean Peoples’s Liberation Front

The Nigerian Crucible

In February 2019, Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, will have experienced two decades of sustained constitutional government. This period is twice as long as that of all previous elected governments since independence in October 1960. Despite the country’s multiplying security challenges, it remains a leader in the continent in many regards. A project to edit and make accessible dozens of essays and talks on Nigeria (1977-2017) has made significant progress courtesy of Northwestern’s Arch Library. The completion of this exercise, and the synthesizing of these documents in a printed book, will proceed.

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