News & Highlights

  • JANUARY 2021

Virtual Case Discussion with Professor Brian Trelstad

On January 18th the Africa Research Center hosted a virtual case discussion with Senior Lecturer of Business Administration Brian L. Trelstad on a new case, LifeBank Nigeria. The company is a Nigerian medical logistics start-up and is aiming to improve access to essential medical supplies in the country. Professor Trelstad focused the conversation on social entrepreneurship and systems change, engaging with participants about the choices that the founder Temie Giwa-Tubosun faces. Over 30 alumni and friends of the school joined the session and enjoyed a lively discussion.
  • OCTOBER 2020
  • MBA Experience

MBA Voices: A Nigerian Student’s HBS Experience—Interview with Zainab Raji, MBA/MPA-ID 2022

MBA Voices is a collection of community perspectives that provides prospective students with insight into life at HBS. In this interview, Nigerian student Zainab Raji, MBA/MPA-ID 2022, talks about her upbringing, education and career. Born and raised in Nigeria, she attended Emory University and then worked at Deloitte’s Risk Advisory Practice in Atlanta, Georgia and subsequently at McKinsey across different African locations. Raji shares highlights from her first year in the MBA/MPA-ID Program, including her work at the HBS Africa Business Club and the HBS Women in Investing Club, as well as her summer internships. The Master in Business Administration/Master in Public Administration-International Development (MBA/MPA-ID) is a three-year program that combines the core curricula of the HBS MBA and HKS MPA degrees with a wide range of elective options from both schools.
  • October 2020

24 Hours of Harvard

Worldwide Week at Harvard showcases the breadth of Harvard’s global engagement through academic and cultural events with global or international themes. On October 7th-8th, 2020, Harvard broadcasted 24 Hours of Harvard, which featured 24 consecutive hours of around-the-clock and around-the-world events and activities. As part of this event, the Africa Research Center shared a live overview of its activities led by the Center’s Executive Director and team members followed by a pre-recorded session on Leadership in Uncertainty that was part of the webinar series COVID-19: Reflections, Challenges and Next Steps, organized by the ARC. The session focused on leadership lessons for African businesses in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and how to thrive in this new world. The HBS professors shared their relevant research while the African business leaders provided local context and discussed the steps leaders on the continent can take to adapt themselves and their businesses to these unprecedented times.
  • October 2020

MBA Perspectives: Abena Nyantekyi-Owusu, MBA 2021

MBA Perspectives is a collection of HBS student profiles that highlight student experiences across different geographies and industries. These profiles provide prospective students with insight into life at HBS. In this article, Ghanaian student Abena Nyantekyi-Owusu (MBA 2021) describes how she wanted more exposure to people from all over the world and how that led her to HBS. Abena wants to be a leader developing technology solutions that are good for Africa and create go-to-market strategies – in education, fintech, agriculture, or health care – designed specifically for the continent.
  • June 2020

Africa Webinar Series - COVID-19: Reflections, Challenges and Next Steps

In June 2020, the Africa Research Center hosted a four-part webinar series titled COVID-19: Reflections, Challenges and Next Steps. The series brought together alumni and friends from across Africa and provided the opportunity to get to know HBS professors who are doing work related to the continent. HBS professors John Macomber, Mattias Fibiger, Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Shikhar Ghosh, Anywhere (Siko) Sikochi, Laura Alfaro, Euvin Naidoo and Suraj Srinivasan shared insights and discussed how to respond to the global pandemic. The series attracted over 4,000 attendees from 50+ countries.

New Research on the Region

  • March 2021
  • Case

Making Impact Investment Markets: The IFC (A)

By: Shawn A. Cole, John Masko and T. Robert Zochowski

In 2017, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) faced the first big investment decision in its new Scaling Solar project. Founded in 1956, IFC was an international investment body with national governments as shareholders, whose mission was to promote economic development. It achieved this primarily through debt financing, which allowed the organization to use covenants to exercise close stewardship of its investments. Beginning in the late 1990s, the organization’s mission had evolved to foreground environmental and social sustainability in its development projects. Scaling Solar, launched in collaboration with the World Bank, would be one of IFC’s marquis projects in promoting a sustainable energy future. In this case, students will review the history of IFC (a pioneer in the burgeoning field of impact investing), explore the uses of debt as an instrument for development financing, consider how sustainability fits into the impact investing framework, and evaluate a potential new investment in solar power in Zambia.

  • March 18, 2021
  • Article
  • BMC Health Services Research

A Feasibility Study Using Time-driven Activity-based Costing as a Management Tool for Provider Cost Estimation: Lessons from the National TB Control Program in Zimbabwe in 2018

By: J. Chirenda, B. Nhlema Simwaka, C. Sandy, K. Bodnar, S. Corbin, P. Desai, T. Mapako, S. Shamu, C. Timire, E. Antonio, A. Makone, A. Birikorang, T. Mapuranga, M. Ngwenya, T. Masunda, M. Dube, E. Wandwalo, L. Morrison and R. S. Kaplan

Background: This study used process maps and time-driven activity-based costing to document TB service delivery processes. The analysis identified the resources required to sustain TB services in Zimbabwe, as well as several opportunities for more effective and efficient use of available resources. Methods: A multi-disciplinary team applied time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) to develop process maps and measure the cost of clinical pathways used for Drug Susceptible TB (DS-TB) at urban polyclinics, rural district and provincial hospitals, and community based targeted screenings for TB. Findings: Twenty-five stages were identified in the TB care pathway. Considerable variations were observed among the facilities in how health care professionals performed client registration, taking of vital signs, treatment follow-up, dispensing medicines and processing samples. The average cost per patient for the entire DS-TB care was $324. The average cost for diagnosis and treatment was higher in clinics than in hospitals largely due to nurses in clinics being 1.6 times more expensive than in hospitals. Conclusion: TDABC is a feasible and effective costing and management tool in low-resource settings. The TDABC process maps and treatment costs revealed several opportunities for innovative improvements in care delivery. Re-engineering laboratory testing processes and synchronizing TB treatment follow-up with antiretroviral treatments could produce better and more uniform TB treatments at significantly lower cost in Zimbabwe.

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