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Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 150 Duke faculty members focus their scholarship, teaching, and outreach on the African continent. At the Sanford School, Professor of the Practice Phyllis Pomerantz started working for the World Bank in 1979 as an economist and rural development specialist. She went on to become leadership posiotions in Southern Africa, Zambia and Mozambique. She now shares her knowledge and experience with students studying international development.

Professor of the Practice Emeritus James Joseph served as U.S. Ambassador to South Africa during Nelson Mandela’s presidency. In 1999, the Republic of South Africa awarded Ambassador Joseph the Order of Good Hope, the highest honor bestowed on a citizen of another country.

In addition, the Duke Center for International Development offers executive education programs and training in finance and tax policy in the region.

And the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy has sponsored the Menell Media Exchange conference in South Africa each summer since 2000.

Girl at school in Bungoma Kenya

A first-of-its-kind clinical trial involving more than 600 children in Kenya and Tanzania, in which community members were trained to deliver mental health treatment, showed improvement in participants’ trauma-related symptoms up to a year after receiving therapy, new research shows. The findings demonstrate that lower-cost, scalable mental health solutions are possible for a part of the world where mental health resources are scarce.

Dikgang Moseneke

Dikgang Moseneke, who rose from a human rights leader during apartheid to Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa, will join Duke University as a Rubenstein Fellow during the spring semester of 2020.

At Duke, Moseneke will explore current challenges to constitutional democracy and rule of law. He will co-teach a joint graduate and undergraduate course “Legal Analysis for Development Governance” with Catherine Admay, a lecturer in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He will also participate in events and roundtables, guest lecture in selected courses and conclude his second memoir, reflecting on his time in judicial office, while in residence at Duke.