Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate the collaborative and impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange.

An introduction and overview of Columbia Global Centers, featuring comments from Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, Professor Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development, and the directors of the global centers.

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Program Empowers Women Entrepreneurs

March 02, 2015

In partnership with the Kenya Association of Women Business Owners and local university business schools, Columbia Global Centers | Africa plans to facilitate trainings for women owned medium-enterprises with a quest to grow their companies, open up employment opportunities and contribute to the country’s gross domestic product.

Center Hosts Sustainable Development Course for Columbia and Princeton Students

March 01, 2015
A joint team of students from Columbia and Princeton Universities attended a course in Nairobi at Columbia Global Centers | Africa as part of their Sustainable Development in Practice program.

Prof. Richard Peña’s Take on State of Kenyan Film Industry (Daily Nation)

September 15, 2014
Film Professor Richard Peña's talk at the Nairobi Center covered by the Daily Nation newspaper.

Mayange Millennium Village - A model for rural development in Africa

September 11, 2014

Mayange, Rwanda, is one of 14 Millennium Villages in ten African countries. Since the start of the Millennium Village Project in 2006, the village has undergone a radical transformation through the collaborative effort of the commity, the Government of Rwanda and the Project team, and can be viewed as a model for rural development. 

To get a sense of Mayange's progress, please view our most recent video below. 

MSNBC features Mayange Millennium Village

September 03, 2014

In July, the MSNBC crew visited Mayage Millennium Village to profile the community's progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

To view the photo essays and related story, please visit the MSNBC website:

A new frontier for women's education in Africa here

Finding water in Rwanda here

Millennium Villages featured in Czech magazine, Rozvojovka

September 05, 2014

To read the full article in Czech in Rozvojovka Magazine, please access page two. 

Strengthening National Climate Data and Information for Malaria Decision-Making in Africa

August 28, 2014

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership has recently supported an executive briefing and national stakeholder consultation with partners in Ethiopia and Tanzania on “Strengthening National Climate Data and Information for Malaria Decision-Making in Africa” held August 4-5, 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The meeting provided an overview of existing programs and research using climate science and information in operational malaria research and practical decision making in East Africa and identified opportunities for further collaboration and investment.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network Launches Education Initiative

August 26, 2014
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is proud to launch SDSN.edu, a new flagship educational initiative offering free online courses on sustainable development.

First Lady of Uganda eager for Karamoja drylands development project

July 10, 2014

To read the associated articles, please see the following:

Website of the Prime Minister of Uganda, here

Website of the Vision newspaper, Uganda, here

The Korea Times: KOICA joins UN to fight poverty in Uganda

August 18, 2014

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) invited The Korea Times from June 11 to 20 to take a look at its aid projects in two African countries — the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Read the article in The Korea Times here.

Event Announcement: Introduction to Film Studies (Day Program)

August 11, 2014

Event Announcement: Introduction to Film Studies (Day Program)

Monday August 18 – Friday August 22, 2014

Event Announcement: Introduction to Film Studies (Evening Program)

August 11, 2014

Event Annoucement: Introduction to Film Studies (Evening Program)

Monday August 18 – Friday August 22, 2014

New from IRI: Emerging El Niño Conditions, Notes for the Global Health Community

June 25, 2014

This report provides information to assist health planners and practitioners in monitoring the vulnerability of communities and providing time-sensitive information for interventions to reduce negative health impacts, in the context of El Niño. Publishe by the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI).

Provost Announces Faculty Winners of 2014 President’s Global Innovation Fund

June 24, 2014

The 13 projects receiving grants were selected from 53 proposals by a review committee of senior faculty.

Climate and health in Africa - Earth Perspectives online journal

June 17, 2014
This paper describes the work of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and its partners towards the development of climate services for the health sector in Africa; integrating research, operational applications and capacity building alongside policy development and advocacy.

Korean Government Pledges $3 Million in Continued Support for Millennium Villages

May 01, 2014


NEW YORK,  May 1 – Millennium Promise and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) are pleased to announce their continued partnership in support of the Millennium Villages Project-Saemaul with a new pledge from KOICA of US $3 million through 2015.