News & Highlights

  • JANUARY 2020

Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program Anniversary

The Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program (HSAFP) celebrated its 40th Anniversary on January 24th, 2020 at the Centre for African Studies offices in Johannesburg. The celebration was an opportunity to bring together the HSAFP alumni community, hear about their experiences in a panel discussion, and explore how HSAFP can align itself to the changing narrative of South Africa - recognizing how the country has changed in the past 40 years. The lively panel discussion and input from the audience emphasized the notable alumni network in South Africa. Nelson Makamo, guest artist, provided his insights on the changing narratives of creative professionals who are influenced by African identity, heritage and culture.
  • DECEMBER 2019

Alumni Changing the World: Esther Hsu Wang

Esther Hsu Wang, MBA 2009, Founding Partner of IDinsight, is on a mission to change the way the world supports those in need. Based in Lusaka, Zambia and serving organizations across Africa and Asia, IDinsight uses data and measurement to help leaders in the development sector combat poverty and improve lives.
  • OCTOBER 2019

How Will the City of the Future Be Impacted by Water?

This October as part of the Worldwide Week at Harvard, John Macomber, Senior Lecturer of Finance and Faculty Chair for the Africa Research Center, and James Matheson, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, joined a panel of thought leaders to discuss the impact of water on world cities for decades to come. The future of cities is impacted by water in two main manifestations: too much water (notably flooding and sea rise) or not enough water (leading to drought, extreme heat and increased fire risk). They discussed several cities around the globe including Lagos, Nigeria.
  • OCTOBER 2019

Book Launch Session: Sangu Delle

In October, The Center for African Studies (CAS) and Africa Research Center (ARC) hosted a session with Sangu Delle, Managing Director of Africa Health Holdings, to hear about his new book, Making Futures: Young entrepreneurs in a dynamic Africa. The book profiles 17 of the most inspirational, courageous and hard-working young entrepreneurs in Africa. Delle has acquired vast knowledge of business environments across Africa, with a particular focus on start-ups and entrepreneurship. In his writing he responds to questions, drawing on examples taken from the 600 young people he interviewed in the course of his research.

New Research on the Region

  • March 2020
  • Teaching Material

LULA: Transforming Transport and Mobility (B)

By: Siko Sikochi and Hayley (Le) Ma

  • February 2020
  • Case

Seso Global: Building a Blockchain-enabled Property Marketplace in Nigeria

By: Boris Vallee and Yang (Dolly) Yu

The mutual aspiration of addressing the housing shortage and improving real estate market efficiency led Daniel and Phillip to co-found Seso Global in 2017. Seso Global developed a unique integrated platform to streamline and rationalize the process of acquiring and financing a home in Nigeria. In particular, the Seso team aimed to create a blockchain-enabled ledger of land titles to address a key challenge of Nigerian real estate and mortgages market: ensuring rightful ownership of properties. Their platform combined a land registry management and query portal, a property and mortgage marketplace, and a land service provider marketplace. However, VC investors had been grilling them on their business and revenue model. On the other hand, the impact investors they had talked to were focused on whether their activity would have an effect at the bottom of the pyramid. Pondering on the comments made by the VC, Daniel and Phillip were discussing which part of the platform to prioritize. What should be the focus of their business model? Who should be their main clients? Answers to these questions would be key to win over investors and scale up their operations.

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Johannesburg Staff

Pippa Tubman Armerding
Executive Director
Dilyana Botha
Senior Researcher
Tafadzwa Choruma
Administrative, Research and Program Assistant

Lagos Staff

Wale Lawal
Senior Researcher