La quatrième édition de l’Exposition internationale d’art « No-Boundaries » est officiellement lancée par un appel à contribution auprès de jeunes artistes de la maternelle au lycée du monde entier.

Is human growth determined more by our genetic makeup or by environmental nurture?  Even as this question has been the source of serious scholarly debate over the years, it gains added significance when making critical decisions about health care.  Presenting the Yusuf Hamied Distinguished Lecture at the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on March 4, 2019, Gary Miller, Vice Dean and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, demonstrated how the study of the human genome and genetics has now been expanded by a new and complex set of diagnostic measures classified as the exposome

Columbia Global Centers I Nairobi was honored to host ‘How Journalists can use Technology in Reporting’ workshop.

Dr. Murugi Ndirangu the Director for Columbia Global Centers I Nairobi  is nominated as part of the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) interagency committee on to National Development.

“The whole point of medicine is that it is oriented towards people, care, emotions and the real lived experience. And often that is lacking when we practice medicine. One of our goals is to think about how do we reinvigorate, how do we reintroduce those kinds of questions and concerns back into our practice of medicine on a daily basis,” observed Dr. Rishi Goyal, at a two-day conference at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on February 18-19, 2019.  The conference, ‘Health, Politics and the Imagination in Colonial and Contemporary India’ was part of the President’s Global Innovation Fund awarded to Dr. Goyal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Director of the Medicine, Literature and Society program at Columbia University.  It aimed to strengthen the field of South Asian medical humanities by building a network that could share expertise and build the groundwork for future collaboration. 

It was in Tunisia that the Arab Spring was born, leading to the ouster of its long reigning authoritarian ruler in 2010 and the adoption of the region’s first democratic and secular constitution.  The revolution triggered similar uprisings in the Middle East but the promise of democratization did not sustain in these other countries.  What then are the factors that contributed to the success or failure of post-revolution democratic transitions in the Arab world?  Drawing from his extensive scholarship on geopolitics and social reform in the region, Safwan M. Masri, Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University, addressed this question in his talk, “Shifting Power Dynamics in the Middle East: Prospects for Democracy and Pluralism” at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on February 22, 2019.  

“Climate Change and its impact on marine ecosystems is bringing a series of changes; affecting national security, water security as well as food security,” noted Joaquim Goes, Lamont Research Professor of Biology and Paleoenvironment at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, in a workshop held at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on February 20-21, 2019.  The workshop brought together 25 scientists to discuss strategies for managing marine ecosystems in the wake of climate change.

India’s transition from a cereal importing to exporting country over the last fifty years is a testament to the remarkable success of the Green Revolution that heralded a surge in production of rice and wheat.  While the ubiquitous roti remains a staple in many Indian diets, increased yields and consumption of select cereals have come at the expense of lower-yielding traditional coarse cereals such as pearl millet (bajra), sorghum (jowar), and finger millet (ragi).  Yet, these nutrient rich coarse cereals have re-entered the plates of urban elites and imaginations of policy-makers through the trending garb of ‘nutri-cereals.’

As part of its Urban Works Innovation Challenge project, Columbia Global Centers| Mumbai organized an intensive seminar for three student teams and five startup companies from January 7-16 who are designing solutions for environmentally sustainable urban workplaces in India.

The world is experiencing an unprecedented migration crisis: over 66 million people have been uprooted from their home and every minute an estimated 24 more are forced to flee conflict, persecution, and poverty. In response to the increasing levels of global migration to the European Union (EU), member states, and nations and regional authorities along migration routes are implementing policies that result in negative protection risks for refugees and migrants on the move. With the increasing blockage of traditional eastern migration routes, transit has shifted to the Sahel region of Africa and up through Libya. Despite reported death and human rights violations of refugees and migrants documented along the Sahel route, little reliable data exists that documents the adverse outcomes faced by those migrating in this region.

This project is the first phase of a longitudinal mixed-methods research proposal, which will identify the human rights violations and mortality of migrants and refugees associated with migration in the Sahel region. In phase one, this project will lay the groundwork for in-depth research by developing a contextual study framework, identifying and testing proposed research methodology through field assessments, and gain entry points to information networks and regional stakeholders in the Sahel region through key informant interviews and expert convenings over a 9-month period. Ultimately, both phases of this project will provide needed evidence of and bring attention to the migration risks along the Sahel route, advocate for safer migration policies that reflect the human rights of migrants and refugees, inform humanitarian practice, and advocate for protective and evidence-based migration policies in host countries and the EU.