Building expertise on Africa at Eurac Research
Creating goals for sustainable area engagement for the benefit of local, regional, and supra-regional policy makers and institutions
With contributions by
Linda Ghirardello and
Roland Benedikter on the West African nation of Guinea in renowned journals, the Center for Advanced Studies is undertaking its first steps to develop substantial expertise on Africa.
In October 2020, Guinea - one of the poorest African nations - held a violently contested presidential election and due to its ethnic area interconnections was branded a "powder keg for the whole of West Africa". Building upon essays by Linda Ghirardello and Roland Benedikter for the renowned journals
Harvard International Review as well as an interview by Linda for the
Harvard International Review and relying on multiple previous works of Roland in cooperation with young Togolese scholar
William Mensa Tsedze and Burkina Faso's
Ismaila Ouedraogo on
Togo and the
new Pan-Africanism, the Center for Advanced Studies regards it as a start to a long-term and ongoing engagement with and for Africa.
The goal is to provide insights and measures to support the constant development towards sustainable area engagement for the benefit (and with the involvement) of local, regional, and supra-regional policy makers and institutions. The Center’s work on Africa also includes a PhD co-supervision of Roland at the Université de Bordeaux, France, in cooperation with Nazi Boni University Burkina Faso (double degree program), one of three Burkina Faso public universities, on the use of new technologies to improve rural Africans lives. Together with the existing long-standing expertise in the different fields of Eurac Research’s other specialised social science institutes, the Center for Advanced Studies aims at establishing a cooperation-oriented Africa framework for the region.