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  • Thumbnail for Hegemony of the West and the librarian’s role in the struggle against HIV/AIDS in Africa
    Hegemony of the West and the librarian’s role in the struggle against HIV/AIDS in Africa by Decker, Emy Nelson

    Africa is in need of information about HIV/AIDS. Currently, librarian activists have a duty to organize, repackage, and circulate HIV/AIDS information. Unfortunately, this has led to an unintentional assertion of cultural hegemony, which operates invisibly to those who are part of the “dominant” or “dominating” culture. Unexamined assumptions of “superiority” have led to a bias that the West has the only correct method for codifying knowledge. The West cannot fairly evaluate the successes or failures of HIV/AIDS education in Africa if it only employs American ideas, categories, and sensibilities, which is detrimental to people and cultures lacking the materials needed to protect themselves. A better method is to offer information in a way that appeals to the recipients’ epistemological patterns.

  • Thumbnail for Stuck in a rut with primary products : the impact of colonization on trade and growth patterns
    Stuck in a rut with primary products : the impact of colonization on trade and growth patterns by Nadar, Devin

    The pattern of stagnating growth and underdevelopment remains an all too common phenomenon for countries with a colonial past, regardless of efforts by developmental economists and international organizations. In order to increase our understanding of what factors lead to this pattern, this study investigates the link between colonization and growth by examining trade characteristics of prior colonies. Using data from the World Bank, the IMF and the OECD, this study utilizes simultaneous equation modeling to determine how trade patterns can provide the link between colonization and the current state of underdevelopment in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. This leads to a more refined understanding of why economic development fails to occur even in a period of booming international trade and globalization. Probing into the trade patterns of these nations, this paper answers the following question: Does colonial identity impact trade and growth patterns today? This study finds that history plays a role in determining how countries trade and grow, but the results are varied depending on the analysis utilized. Furthermore, there is a link between the types of goods traded and the growth of a nation, but trade in primary products does not necessarily limit a country’s growth potential.

  • Thumbnail for The effects of foreign aid on African economies
    The effects of foreign aid on African economies by Rasmussen, Alexander Scott

    A major global issue that our world faces is the dilemma of world poverty that millions of people around the world suffer with. Primarily the highest concentration of global poverty resides within the African continent. Many wealthier nations take it upon themselves to donate funds that attempt to combat this dilemma millions of people are faced with. The major issue with this outside funding is that the funds fail to achieve the goal of relieving the burden of poverty. This study will investigate the effectiveness of foreign aid and how changes in certain economic indicators affect African nations’ overall economies.

  • Thumbnail for Elephant poaching, poverty, and tourism in Africa
    Elephant poaching, poverty, and tourism in Africa by Fields, Hannah Gayle

    African elephant populations have been plummeting over the past few decades due to increased poaching and demand for ivory. This thesis investigates the influence that poverty and tourism have on the level of African elephant poaching, as well as the influence that poverty and elephant poaching have on the level of tourism in Africa. Through the use of an ordinary least squares regression, poaching, tourism and socioeconomic data between the years 2002 and 2012 for 27 African countries are used to examine these relationships. Results have shown that poverty and elephant poaching have a positive relationship; poverty and tourism have a negative relationship; and elephant poaching and tourism have a negative relationship.

  • Thumbnail for The Impact of Urban Agriculture on Malnutrition in Africa
    The Impact of Urban Agriculture on Malnutrition in Africa by Powell, Grace

    Africa currently has the highest number of people who are malnourished. This has to do with the growing inequalities in the country and the inadequate food supply. The upper class has access to most of the resources, and people in Africa are living in extreme poverty, 74 cents a day. This study seeks to back up the claim that urban agriculture does have a relationship with food insecurity. It specifically looks at the relationships between the prevalence of undernourished, average dietary energy supply adequacy, average value of food production, percentage of arable land equipped for irrigation, access to improved water source, access to improved sanitation and the value of agricultural production. Using data from the Food and Agriculture Organization in order to understand the impacts urban agriculture can have on food insecurity in Africa.

  • Thumbnail for Consortia building among libraries in Africa, and the  Nigerian experience
    Consortia building among libraries in Africa, and the Nigerian experience by Ossai, Ngozi Blessing

    This study focuses on consortia building among libraries in Africa, with special attention giv-en to Nigeria. It covers the various forms of library consortia: formal and informal as well as cooperative interchanges, including partnerships for resource sharing. Affirming the aim of consortia building as strengthening libraries and library services, the study considers the problems and prospects that are associated with consortia building in Africa and proposes a way forward. It concludes with an affirmation of the need to embrace consortia building among libraries in Africa and an emphasis on the key role ICT (Information and Communica-tion Technologies) plays in consortia development.