News & Highlights

  • 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.
  • April 2020

MBA Perspectives: Brice Fodoup, 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, Cameroonian student Brice Fodoup (MBA 2021) describes his experience that led him to HBS and his plans to work in consulting before bringing his expertise back to Africa to start his own company.
  • 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.

New Research on the Region

  • September 2020
  • Article
  • International Studies Quarterly

Community-Level Postmaterialism and Anti-Migrant Attitudes:: An Original Survey on Opposition to Sub-Saharan African Migrants in the Middle East

By: Matt Buehler, Kristin Fabbe and Kyung Joon Han

Why do native citizens of the Middle East and North Africa express greater opposition to certain types of migrants, refugees, and displaced persons? Why, particularly, do they express greater opposition to sub-Saharan African migrants? This article investigates these questions, leveraging results from an original, nationally representative survey of 2,700 native Moroccan citizens. We find support for traditional theories, mostly developed from studies of Western Europe, that hypothesize that the perceived cultural, economic, and security threats migrants pose provoke citizen opposition to certain migrant subtypes. Diverging from past research, however, we argue that the importance of these threats waxes and wanes dramatically at the subnational level due to variation in community-level postmaterialism. In areas where economic development is high, and many citizens live in European-style conditions, postmaterialism—preoccupation with cultural, identity, and security-based concerns—helps to predict greater citizen opposition to sub-Saharan African migrants. However, in areas where economic development is low, and many citizens do not live like Europeans, this greater opposition to African migrants derives from economic concerns, notably job competition. While postmaterialism is considered an individual-level phenomenon, our work highlights its importance at the community level: the personal circumstances of citizens and the circumstances of the community in which they live interact to condition which perceived threats become more (or less) important to explaining anti-migrant attitudes.

  • September 2020
  • Teaching Material

Uber: Competing Globally

This case describes Uber’s global market entry strategy and responses by regulators and local competitors. It details Uber’s entry into New York City (United States), Bogotá (Colombia), Delhi (India), Shanghai (China), Accra (Ghana), and London (United Kingdom). In each instance, the case includes information about Uber’s strategy in that market, existing regulations on taxis and transportation in each market, the reactions of competitors and regulators, and regional information. The case allows for instruction related to competitive strategy, global expansion, nonmarket strategy, regulation, market economics, supply restrictions, and related topics.

  • August 2020
  • Case

Sangu Delle

By: Leslie Perlow and Matthew Preble

By 2020, Sangu Delle (MBA 2016) has already made significant progress towards his life-long goal of solving Africa’s myriad and diverse challenges. At 33 years old, he is the founder and chairman of the for-profit Golden Palm Investments Corporation, CEO of Africa Health Holdings Limited, author of a book on entrepreneurship in Africa, founder of a nonprofit (Cleanacwa) that brings improved fresh water infrastructure to African towns and villages, and serves in numerous other volunteer and trustee roles. He believes that he needs to work at scale and across national borders in order to solve the problems that he has identified, but he cannot help but wonder: are his efforts simply too big and too broad? Would it make more sense for him to focus on just one (or a few) industries, causes, or geographies, and perhaps grow from there? Could he reasonably expect to have meaningful impact by going for scale right away?

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