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.

Bucking the Branch Campus

Inside Higher Ed features Columbia Global Centers and the University's effort to facilitate and promote faculty and student engagement around the world in the story Global Hubs. The publication also discusses a trend more universities are following – the anti-branch campus approach – in Bucking the Branch Campus.




Global Initiative

Sustainable Development

The Millennium Villages Project is the only concerted effort to help rural Africa achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and empower communities to lift themselves out of poverty.


The MDG Centre

The Millennium Development Goals Centre for Eastern and Southern Africa, established in 2004, provides technical and policy support to the Millennium Villages Project and a range of other initiatives in seven countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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.

Sumitomo Chemical donates 330,000 insecticidal bed nets to help fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa

April 08, 2014

Third Gift Made for Millennium Villages Project


Climate’s Role in Malaria - International Research Institute for Climate and Society

April 25, 2014

Today marks World Malaria Day, instituted by World Health Organization (WHO) Member States in 2007 as an annual “occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.” The theme for this year’s World Malaria Day is Invest in the Future. Defeat Malaria. To read the full article, please visit the IRI website, here.

The surest way to save Mother Nature from man

April 16, 2014

To read the full article by Professor Jeffrey Sachs in the Standard Newspaper, please click here.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee raises her voice for Somalia in second Columbia Global Centers | Africa lecture

March 27, 2014

Nairobi, 27 March 2014: A grass-roots NGO run by a family of female doctors has created a haven of peace, health and well-being in the lower Shebelle region of Somalia, despite years of encroaching conflict and war. Amidst a deteriorating security situation and the exodus of the international community, the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF) provides a model for locally-inspired development that has made a permanent difference in the lives of thousands of Somalis. Columbia Global Centers | Africa was proud to host Dr.

Failure of education undermines the Arab world, Professor Safwan Masri reveals in Columbia Global Centers | Africa lecture

March 25, 2014
The current crisis in the Arab world is directly linked to the long-term, historic failure of education in the Middle East, and will impact the future peace and prosperity in the region following the Arab spring, said Professor Safwan Masri.

Free online course suits Kenyan student just fine - The East African newspaper

March 22, 2014

Please click here to read the full text of the article in The East African newspaper.

Columbia Global Centers | Africa 2014 Annual Report - A future free from poverty

February 27, 2014

Columbia Global Centers | Africa 2014 Annual Report - A future free from poverty - is available now in hard copy and PDF. Click here to download the PDF.

Arica Soils Information Service in the news

February 27, 2014

Addressing nutrient deficiencies in African soils

CGIAR, February 2014

To read the full article, please visit the CGIAR website here.

Uganda’s First Lady calls for fastracking Drylands Initiative

February 07, 2014

Director of Columbia Global Centers | Africa met with Uganda's First Lady and Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Janet Museveni, in Kampala on the 6th of February.

President’s Global Innovation Fund Helps Launch Teledentistry Project in Kenya

February 05, 2014
Dr. Shantanu Lal’s Children’s Global Oral Health Initiative has launched a teledentistry project in Kenya, the first of its kind by a U.S. dental school.

African Migration and Development Policy Centre team visits CGC Africa

January 28, 2014

CGC | Africa was proud to host the team of the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC) in Nairobi, Kenya, headed by Professor John O. Oucho, PhD, on Monday 27 January as part of the E-Conference on the Health Consequences of Migration, hosted online across the Columbia Global Centers and the Columbia Population Research Center in New York.

Millennium Villages make headlines in Kenya’s leading newspaper

January 17, 2014

Kenya's leading newspaper, The Daily Nation, profiles the Millennium Villages under the headline "Kenyan village an inspiration in the achievement of MDGs". To read the full article, click here

Global Online Course Taught by Jeffrey Sachs to Focus on The Age of Sustainable Development

January 16, 2014

Global Online Course Taught by Jeffrey Sachs to Focus on 'The Age of Sustainable Development'. For more, please visit the Earth Insitute website here.