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WARA proudly announces this year’s recipient of the Herskovits Prize, Dr. Fallou Ngom, Director of Boston University’s African Studies Center and WARA member


WARA is proud of the accomplishments Dr. Fallou Ngom has made in his efforts to increase research on Ajami, the Arabic script that is adopted to many African languages as a form of written communication over many centuries. His latest book, Muslims beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and the Muridiyya (Oxford University Press, 2016), has been named the most important scholarly work in African studies at this year’s African Studies Association 70th Annual Conference held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown in Chicago, Il. It is this work in particular that had Ngom named the awardee of the prestigious Melville J. Herskovits Prize.

Check out this article from BU about Ngom’s accomplishments here.

Veuillez en lire plus sur les accomplissements de professeur Ngom dans cette article du Soleil, écrit par Pr Ousmane Sene,  ici.

CAORC WARA Dakar Workshop 2017 – Video Testimonies

Next year’s program will run January 14-24, 2018! The purpose of this program is to build cooperative networks among scholars from community colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) working in the social sciences and allied humanities.

WARA Thanks Howard University’s Center for African Studies for providing this video.



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Ideas Matter Research Fellowships for West African Scholars

The West African Research Association, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, is pleased to announce awardees for the Ideas Matter Fellowship Program. This is the second year of this fellowship, which supports the work of doctoral students whose dissertation research focuses on women, technology or entrepreneurship and who are based in West African institutions.

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The long-awaited release of WARA’s 2016-2017 Newsletter is now here! This issue’s theme was “Religion in West Africa,” featuring work from WARA board members, guest lecturers, and grantees. Included also are updates on WARA and changes this year. Happy reading!

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Check out this video from WARA Residency Fellow, Ms. Valerie Delali Adjoh-Davoh, summer 2017.

We had the chance to meet with Ms. Adjoh-Davoh as she visited WARA’s Boston office this past July during her residency at Harvard University. In this video, she discusses her fellowship and her compelling research on child labor in Ghana.

Left to right: WARA Operations Manager Caroline Johnson, WARA Residency Fellow Valerie Delalli Adjoh-Davoh, and former US WARA Director Dr. Jennifer Yanco

Left to right:
WARA Operations Manager Caroline Johnson, WARA Residency Fellow Valerie Delalli Adjoh-Davoh, and former US WARA Director Dr. Jennifer Yanco


Check out this video of first-hand accounts from a few of our former grantees!


  • Koffi Yao Bernard (Université Nangui-Abrogoua-Abidjan), recipient of the Fall 2015 WARC Travel Grant,  for research in Senegal: “Etude de la communauté microbienne (biomasse microbienne, activité des micro-organismes et diversité microbienne) dans les sols amendés avec les déjections animales pour une production rizicole et maraîchère durable en Côte d’Ivoire” His research is on the microbial community in soil modified with animal waste for sustainable rice and market gardening in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Nikiema Muhamadi (UFR/SVT Universite de Ouagadougou,Burkina Faso), recipient of the Spring 2016 WARC Travel Grant, for travel to Benin to work with specialists on methanization. His research project is on the methanization/anaerobic digestion of municipal waste.
  • Jau-Yon Chen (African Studies, Howard University), recipient of the 2017 Pre-Doctoral WARA Fellowship, for her research: “Migration as a Strategy of Development: The Case of Senegal”


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