Research plays a fundamental role in all our activities at Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi.  It is the resource that we use to tap into the Columbia University Faculty expertise which is consequently implemented on the ground to improve the livelihood of communities.  CGC | Nairobi serves as a regional hub for research and collaboration as part of Columbia University’s strategy to achieve a global presence and links the continent to Columbia’s scientific rigor, technological innovation, and academic leadership. The Center provides Columbia students and academics with a base from which to conduct research in and for Africa. To encourage and support research at the Global Centers, Dr. Lee Bollinger the President of Columbia University, established the President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF) which provides support to Columbia Faculty who utilize the 9 Global Centers as a resource for teaching and research activities.

students with a model farmer in Sauri,Kisumu

President's Global Innovation Fund (PGIF

The President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF) awards grants for faculty members to collaborate with Columbia’s network of global centers. The program aims to enable the development of new projects and scholarly collaborations across global centers, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service

Addressing Gender-Based Violence: A Public Health and Law School Partnership in Kisumu, Kenya

Terry McGovern - Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center, Chair, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health Mailman School of Public Health

Wafaa El-Sadr - University Professor; Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Professor of Global Health (in Epidemiology),Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Medicine, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Director, ICAP

Co-Creating an Urban Displacement Solutions Alliance

Neil Boothby - Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center Mailman School of Public Health

Mary Mendenhall - Associate Professor of Practice, Department of International and Transcultural Studies, Teachers College

Nora Akawi - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Implementation Science and Global Health: Taking Knowledge to Action

Andrea Howard - Associate Professor of Epidemiology (in ICAP) at the Columbia University Medical Center, Mailman School of Public Health

Julie Kornfeld - Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center, Vice Dean for Education, Mailman School of Public Health

Proposal to convene a Meeting of key Sub-Saharan African pediatrics health care leaders and related governmental officials at the Columbia University Global Center in Nairobi, Kenya in August of 2018

Philip LaRussa - Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Lawrence Stanberry - Reuben S. Carpentier Professor of Pediatrics, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Wilmot James - Visiting Professor of Pediatrics, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Student Geology Research in the Turkana Basin

Sidney Hemming - Professor and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Deputy Director for Education, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Stephen Cox - Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Global Learning Laboratory for Oral Health. Step 1: A Planning Grant to Create a Kenya-Brazil Cross-National Collaboration in Support of Research, Education and Policy

Kavita Ahluwalia P.A, College of Dental Medicine – IFAP Global Health Program

African Ethnographies, African  Philosophies: Theorizing from the Continent

Mamadou Diouf, School of Arts and Sciences - Institute of African Studies

Men Matter: Male Engagement  in HIV Services

Tanya Ellman, Mailman School of Public Health - College of Physicians and Surgeons


Generativity in deprived urban contexts: Older Adults’ experiences in slums in Mumbai , Nairobi and among Haitian  immigrants in New York

Ruth Finkelstein , Mailman School of Public Health, -Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

African Nutritional Sciences Research Consortium: Laboratory based PhD Training in Nutritional and Agricultural Sciences in East Africa

Debra Wolgemuth, College of Physicians and Surgeons - Institute of Human Nutrition

China's Aid to Africa: Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities

Wafaa El-Sadr, Mailman School of Public Health, College of Physicians and Surgeons

European Union Grant – Building Resilience: Education Opportunities in Fragile and Crisis Affected Communities

We are happy to announce that the proposal went through for a grant of $50,000 each year for 4 years.  The project will address; Safe learning Environments, Teaching and Learning, Conflict Sensitivity and Research Data Management and Evidence Building.  The Nairobi Global Center will serve as an intermediary between Teachers College and Oxfam IBIS.

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March 22, 2018

Model International Mobility Convention Launch in Nairobi

Columbia Global Centers Nairobi hosted the launch of the Model International Mobility Convention.  This brought together participants in the areas of refugee law, human trafficking, economic migration, labour rights, public policy, international law, labor migration and forced migration.  The event was moderated by Prof. Sarah Deardorff, an Adjunct Professor with Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.  The panel of speakers were drawn from government, academic and NGO sectors.  These were; Mr.

June 10, 2017

New PHD Scholarship on Food Security and Nutrition

The rare opportunity – the first in Africa – is a major collaboration with Columbia University. The ANSRC is a partnership that brings together academic and research institutions across the East African region with the goal of building a PhD training programme in basic research in nutritional and agriculture science. The main aim is to address food insecurity in the region and raise the number of trained manpower in the selected fields of study across East African universities.

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