Africa: A Continent with Great Challenges
The world’s largest and most populous continent after Asia, Africa faces some of the world’s most intense development challenges. Africa’s recent history has been marked by political instability, violence and authoritarianism, with post-colonial struggle, ethnic tensions, famine, civil war and environmental challenges all impeding social and economic development. High levels of illiteracy, malnutrition, poor water and sanitation and dismal health indicators make for the worst human development indicators in the world.

Cultural Richness and Immense Diversity
Even though Africa is often spoken of in terms of crisis and a place of failure and insurmountable problems, it is also a continent of cultural richness and immense diversity. Some countries are making great strides economically. Many more states are democratically governed versus twenty years ago. The rate of HIV infection appears to be stabilising and child mortality appears to be declining while primary school completion is improving. At present, Africa is a continent whose economic and social orders and governance structures are undergoing extremely complex transformations. At the Centre, Capturing these transformations lies at the heart of our Africa-related research. Drawing on approaches from anthropology, sociology, political science, ecology and biology, the Centre's researchers are currently involved in projects in Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia. Our research covers topics ranging from the challenges of implementing renewable energies and the socio-cultural aspects of energy, biodiversity, livelihoods and food security, to studies of governance and aid policy and global health issues including informed immunisation, reproductive health and health system development. We also promote the research and academic cooperation between the Centre and African educational and research institutes via our
Tools for Developing Country Researchers under the Resources section of our website.

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AIDS IN AFRICA, CASES AS OF 2003








CHINA ASSISTANCE IN AFRICA, 2011