Carnegie Corporation of New York announced the results of a competitive grants program, awarding $500,000 each to five research initiatives focused on economic, social, technological, and governance phenomena cutting across Africa, the Middle East, and other regions.
Among the five Institutions to be awarded the grant is the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ghana.
Others are the Economic Research Forum in Egypt, the University of Birmingham in England, the University of Nairobi in Kenya, and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
The $2.5 million in funding stems from a request for proposals issued last year to 20 universities and think tanks with the goal of revealing and rethinking trends and stimulating innovative intellectual responses to the unfolding global transformations.
Each scholarly collaboration seeks to generate theories, problem-solving, policy development, and historical analysis on transregional challenges.
The topics emphasize emerging trends that are reshaping today’s societies, including challenges exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, such as job loss, international trade, and access to government services. Each submission underwent rigorous external and internal reviews, resulting in five grants.
At the Institute of African Studies, the project will be led by Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata, who is the Director of the Institute.
The project will advance knowledge about the changing culture of work and the increasing prevalence of insecure employment by examining differences in the experiences of men and women in rural and urban Ghana, Kenya, and Egypt.
We hope to deepen the scholarly research on precarious work in Africa’s different regions and contribute to the expertise on this critical global issue, one that has become even more urgent in the context of the pandemic,” Carnegie quotes Prof. Tsitaka as saying.