ANU Africa Network Website Relaunch


Seven years after this website was created by David Lucas, the ANU Africa Network website has been renovated and relaunched as part of a project to increase awareness of Africa and African studies in the ANU and the ACT, funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The major innovation is the creation of the ACT Africa Expert Directory which currently lists 71 experts on Africa from institutions around the ACT, primarily the ANU. We will continue to expand and refine this list in the coming months and years, offering a key resource for media, government and non-government organizations seeking expert facts and opinions on Africa.

Another notable addition is the expanded directory of PhD theses on Africa produced in the territory’s universities, a solid measure of the vitality of the study of Africa in the city of Canberra.

Reviewing both directories, it is revealing to note that the vast majority of research on Africa is produced by disciplinary experts (environmental scientists, economists, demographers, etc.) rather than area studies experts. This means that the study of Africa is woven into the fabric of the research culture of the ANU and the ACT’s other universities in ways that are not necessarily apparent.

As the project to increase awareness of Africa and African studies in the ANU and the ACT continues into next year, this website will be an important tool in organizing and promoting the study of Africa.

Adegboyega Adeniran, PhD Seminar – “The standpipe is broken again!” Infrastructure renovation and failure: connecting people, time, place, and space in Nigeria

PhD Seminar – “The standpipe is broken again!” Infrastructure renovation and failure: connecting people, time, place, and space in Nigeria

About the speaker

Adegboyega Adeniran is a PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University. He tutors and works as a research officer at the School

About the event

‘Repeated malfunction and failure of water supply infrastructure poses a critical challenge to equitable and sustainable water access and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals in most sub-Saharan African countries. A governing approach that ignores power and historical relations in water infrastructure management presents interesting conceptual, theoretical, and practical problems. With Nigeria as a case study, I seek to understand these problems by asking the question: what are the changing effects of power on water infrastructure failure?’

9.30am, Thursday 9 Dec 2021

Frank Fenner Seminar Room
141 Linnaeus Way, Acton ACT 2601

Attend in person or register online for the Zoom webinar

For more information and registration see 

‘Canberra event: Volunteering and e-volunteering

From Women in Aid & Development

“Canberra event: Volunteering and e-volunteering

6:00 pm 8:30 pm

Wednesday, 1 December

Hear from speakers who are responsible for developing and funding volunteer programs, and those who have experience volunteering overseas and in Australia. Find out how you can be engaged in meaningful volunteering, and the importance of avoiding short term unskilled or orphanage volunteering or ‘voluntourism’. “

For more information see

One speaker is Fiona Goggins ‘ a communications professional with experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Before the pandemic she was on assignment through the Australian Volunteer’s Program as Grants and Communications Coordinator at Tanzanian non-profit Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative (GLAMI), and continues to volunteer with the organisation remotely, along with Tanzanian based organisation Male Advocacy For Gender Equality (MAFGE) and the US-based International Institute for Human Security (IIHS).

Fiona has a Bachelor of International Studies (Globalisation), a Master of Human Rights Law and Policy, and is currently completing a second Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development through the ANU. ‘

ANU supports 2022 AAUN Forum


‘The Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Annual Forum and AGM 2021-22 will be held on 10-11 February 2022 at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. The Forum topic for this year is “Universities and Governments:  Securities and Economic Development to 2030”.

‘We are grateful to the Australian National University (ANU) for co-hosting the AAUN Forum, and for sponsoring part of the program. ‘

The Australasian Review of African Studies 2021

The Australasian Review of African Studies aims to contribute to a better understanding of Africa in Australasia and the Pacific. It is published by The African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific.

Volume 42, Number 1, June 2021 is available at
and contains the following:

Promoting and monitoring antimicrobial stewardship using veterinary vocational schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Diafuka Saila-Ngita, Victor Ndadi Nkuembe, Jérémie Kimbuku
Mavata & Brigitte Bagnol, pp 4-22

Nigerian Colonial Investments, the Crown Agents and the Transfer of Capital to Britain and its Dominions
Dave Dorward pp 23-50

Evwie Kola Nut and its Socio-Religious Values among Idjerhe People of Nigeria
Peter O. O. Uttuh pp 51-63

Mental Health Data A Case for the African Communities in New South Wales
Daniel Kwai Apat & Wellington Digwa, pp 64-80

Book Review: Franklin Obeng-Odoom, Property, Institutions, and Social
Stratification in Africa
Adam Sneyd pp 81-83

Australian Aid to Africa

Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies has published
“What parliamentarians think about Australia’s post-COVID-19 aid program: The emerging ‘cautious consensus’ in Australian aid” 
Benjamin Day, Tamas Wells
First published: 01 November 2021 

Wiley also recommends other articles on aid to Africa at

Although the Day and Wells article is of general interest, Africa gets only a couple of mentions:
page 7. Under the Abbott Government, ‘The geographic orientation of the aid program also shifted—towards the Pacific and away from Asia and especially Africa. ‘

Page 10. “Political and economic stability in the region was also a particular concern for many, who rec-
ognised Australia’s ‘special role … in relation to the Pacific’ (Int 8, Liberal). ‘In relation to aid and development, the vulnerabilities of the Pacific are there’, reflected one Labor MP (Int 2), noting the Pacific is ‘on trend to be the least developed part of the world on the human development index—worse than Africa, sub-Saharan Africa”

AFSAAP Annual General Meeting by Zoom – Nov 27th, 2-4pm

Received from
“AFSAAP Annual General Meeting – Nov 27th, 2-4pm

We would like to announce that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) will be held on the 27th of November from 2-4PM. AFSAAP is the oldest African studies association in Australia, which has been running since 1978. It is funded by member subscriptions rather than money from outside interests and its main focus is the study of Africa across all academic areas. We welcome new members, new chapters focused on specific discipline areas and those whose work considers developments in Africa as a substantive or partial focus.

The meeting on the 27th will set strategy for the forthcoming year and elect members of the African Studies Executive.

Please note that you will need to be an AFSAAP member to nominate and/or vote at the AGM. You’ll find that our annual membership rates are very reasonably priced (AUD 50 for students, AUD 100 for regular members) so as to encourage participation. Please join or renew your membership here

The positions open for nominations include:
• President
• Vice President
• Treasurer
• Secretary
• ARAS Editor
• Postgraduate Representative
• Ordinary Member
Nominations for these positions must be sent to the Secretariat by the 21st of November.

In addition to these positions, we propose to amend the constitution in order to expand the executive by creating up to three additional roles – an Associate Editor and up to two additional Postgraduate Representatives. We encourage you to email the Secretariat by the 21st of November to express your interest in these positions.

The Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom. You can attend by using the details below.

Meeting ID: 868 1246 8786
Passcode: 306650

We look forward to seeing you there!”

Guinean Coup/African Authors


Guinean Coup

The piece by Ernest Akuamoah (ANU School of Politics and International Relations)  on the Guinean coup is available at 

African Writers 

On October 7th The Economist reported that Abdulrazak Gurnah, a Tanzanian writer based in Britain, had been awarded the Nobel prize in Literature for 2021 for “his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents”. 

Also mentioned was Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, ‘a hero of the decolonisation movement across the world and a longtime Nobel favourite’.

Obviously two authors whose works should be discussed at the ANU. 

Justice and Peace Zoom 9/10/21


Received from African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific <>

‘Please join us for the next AFSAAP Drop-In Meeting on the 9th October at 2PM AEST on the subject of Justice and Peace! The meeting will be introduced and hosted by Professor Helen Ware of the University of New England (UNE). The goal is to build a group within AFSAAP who can discuss developments in this area of work.

If you have an interest in this area, have worked in post-conflict societies in the past, or would like to know more, please come along. Please share with any colleagues who might like to join us (members or not).’

Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 879 6343 7558
Passcode: 868501

Social aspects of educational mobility in rural South Africa

Date & time
Tue 21 Sep 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Mr Shao-Tzu Yu, PhD Candidate, School of Demography, ANU



Zoom ID: 813 8432 5598 P/W 276173

‘This PhD project aims to further the extant literature on intergenerational social mobility by using a life course and network approach to study the underlying mechanisms that shape the emergence of educational inequality throughout the post-apartheid era.’

For more details see:

ANU’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) and Africa

Professor Banks Emily has been made a member of the Order of Australia, largely for her work on cardiovascular disease and on cancer. In addition, according to The Canberra Times “Her research which showed female genital mutilation was associated with increasing risks for mothers and babies was used as evidence for a United Nations resolution on the subject”. Professor Banks was the lead author in this study: Banks, E, Meirik, O, Farley, T et al 2006, ‘Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcome: WHO collaborative prospective study in six African countries’, Lancet, The (UK edition), vol. 367, pp. 1835-1841.

And also she was a co-author in Shah, T, Grieg, J, van der Plas, L et al 2016, ‘Inpatient signs and symptoms and factors associated with death in children aged 5 years and younger admitted to two Ebola management centres in Sierra Leone, 2014: A retrospective cohort study’, The Lancet Global Health, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. E495-E501.

Associate Professor Kamalini Lokuge’s projects include 


Dr Chaturangi Yapa

Dr Chaturangi’s research in Northern Nigeria is available at:

One or Dr Yapa’s  research questions was how the key concepts of Primary Health Care (PHC) applied in a Humanitarian Emergency?  She used field visits to Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) projects in northern Nigeria and Lebanon as case studies to answer this research question. “In northern Nigeria, a visit and realist analysis of a   (MSF)maternal health care project highlighted the importance of understanding the ‘context’ of an intervention, particularly the role of PHC in comprehensively addressing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity.”

Dr Dorothy Ononokpono

Dr Ononokpono was a Caldwell Fellow (see Working with Dr Baffour of the School of Demography, ANU, and Dr Alice Richardson of NCEPH, she published ‘Mapping maternal healthcare access in selected West African Countries’ in African Population Studies, 34(1), 2020.

She is also the lead author of ‘Maternal Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa: A
Systematic Review of Measurement, Levels and Determinants’, by Dorothy N. Ononokpono, Bernard Baffour, Nsidibe Usoro and Olukemi Adebola’,  in The Routledge Handbook of African Demography, edited By Clifford O. Odimegwu, Yemi Adewoyin, forthcoming in 2022.