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African Christian Leadership: Realities, Opportunities, And Impact, David K. Penno Aug 2019

African Christian Leadership: Realities, Opportunities, And Impact, David K. Penno

David Penno

"African Christian Leadership is a well-organized, well-written report on some very significant research about leaders and the practice of leadership in the African church. The methodology allowed the researcher to hear from a broad spectrum of African Christians. One criticism of the study could be that a sample of church leaders and members in majority Muslim countries of North Africa were not included in the study, but this might be understandable due to the already vast scope of the project. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in leadership in the Christian context, and especially as practiced ...


Reevaluating African Women’S Inheritance Rights In Indigenous Customary Law And Statutory National Law, Mallory Matheson, Ashleigh Heinze May 2019

Reevaluating African Women’S Inheritance Rights In Indigenous Customary Law And Statutory National Law, Mallory Matheson, Ashleigh Heinze

Student Publications

When indigenous customary law violates women’s rights, how can national legal systems ensure justice for women while respecting regional cultural sovereignty? Which entities, if any, hold the jurisdiction to enforce compliance with statutory national law--and should they? I examine the tension between indigenous customary and statutory national law on women’s inheritance rights in Botswana, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. I argue that grassroots efforts to induce gender-based societal change must develop in tandem with institutional and legal reformation, as gender-egalitarian sociocultural foundations will best incentivize compliance with women’s inheritance rights. I propose three key tasks: mobilize women to achieve ...


The Justice Thread: A Curriculum For Ghanaian Churches On Biblical Justice And Child Trafficking, Matthew K. Robbins Feb 2019

The Justice Thread: A Curriculum For Ghanaian Churches On Biblical Justice And Child Trafficking, Matthew K. Robbins

Doctor of Ministry Projects

The goal of this project is to support the work of International Justice Mission in Ghana to end child trafficking by developing a compelling curriculum on biblical justice. The Justice Thread is an eight-week Bible study tracing the theme of biblical justice as it unfolds throughout the Bible. The curriculum aims to be a practical and contextually appropriate tool for churches in Ghana, which currently lack resources, training, and emphasis on justice-related ministry. The Justice Thread seeks to introduce participants to the God of justice while also educating them about the injustice of child trafficking in their midst. Ultimately, participants ...


Resisting The Search For An Elusive Linguistic Purity In Language Description: A Case Study Of Èdó And Moba Color Terms, Cedar Lay Jan 2019

Resisting The Search For An Elusive Linguistic Purity In Language Description: A Case Study Of Èdó And Moba Color Terms, Cedar Lay

Linguistics Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This paper critically examines the elusive concept of a pure linguistic form and how attempts to discover and analyze such a form have come to underscore many of the contentious and problematic areas within language description research. I argue that this pure form of a language is an imagined, idealistic form exclusive of sociocultural interactions and influences that leads us to incomplete and misleading interpretations of language data. I first discuss the ways in which a search for purity has manifested itself in multiple domains of linguistic research, from language revitalization projects seeking to reinvigorate an “ancestral code” (Woodbury 2005 ...


African Christian Leadership: Realities, Opportunities, And Impact, David K. Penno Jul 2018

African Christian Leadership: Realities, Opportunities, And Impact, David K. Penno

Journal of Adventist Mission Studies

"African Christian Leadership is a well-organized, well-written report on some very significant research about leaders and the practice of leadership in the African church. The methodology allowed the researcher to hear from a broad spectrum of African Christians. One criticism of the study could be that a sample of church leaders and members in majority Muslim countries of North Africa were not included in the study, but this might be understandable due to the already vast scope of the project. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in leadership in the Christian context, and especially as practiced ...


National Parks And Development In Sub-Saharan Africa: And Examination Of Social And Economic Program Effectiveness In The Development Paradigm, Jackson R. Barratt Heitmann Jan 2018

National Parks And Development In Sub-Saharan Africa: And Examination Of Social And Economic Program Effectiveness In The Development Paradigm, Jackson R. Barratt Heitmann

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Social Studies of Bard College.


Women's Perceptions Of Malaria In The Western Rural Areas Of Sierra Leone, Marcella Davies Jan 2018

Women's Perceptions Of Malaria In The Western Rural Areas Of Sierra Leone, Marcella Davies

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

Malaria is one of the leading causes of death for children and women in Sierra Leone. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore and understand the lived experiences of women from the rural areas of Sierra Leone regarding malaria. A purposive sample of Krio women from the western rural area, aged 21-55 years, spoke English, and had taken care of someone with malaria described their perceptions and lived experiences with the disease in face-to-face interviews. The research questions were based on the health belief model and focused on knowledge, beliefs, and perceptions about malaria prevention and treatment. Interpretative ...


Editor's Introduction, Mathew Schmalz Dec 2017

Editor's Introduction, Mathew Schmalz

Journal of Global Catholicism

An overview of African Catholicism. Part Two: Retrospect and Prospect, third issue of the Journal of Global Catholicism. A summary of the work of Bradford Hinze, Mary Gloria Njoku, Matthias Scharer, Mary Sylvia Nwachukwu, and Bernhard Udelhoven. Among the topics considered: African ecclesiology, African wellness and quality of life in Africa, interreligious dialogue in Africa, African Biblical scholarship, witchcraft and the Catholic Church.


Emerging Challenges To Long-Term Peace And Security In Mozambique, Ayokunu Adedokun Aug 2017

Emerging Challenges To Long-Term Peace And Security In Mozambique, Ayokunu Adedokun

The Journal of Social Encounters

Mozambique’s transition from civil war to peace is often considered among the most successful implementations of a peace agreement in the post-Cold War era. Following the signing of the 1992 Rome General Peace Accords (GPA), the country has not experienced any large-scale recurrence of war. Instead, Mozambique has made impressive progress in economic growth, poverty reduction, improved security, regional cooperation and post-war democratisation. Mozambique has also made significant strides in the provision of primary healthcare, and steady progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Notwithstanding these stellar achievements, Mozambique still faces a large number of political, social and economic ...


Transformative Leadership And Its Development In Public Service Reform In Kenya, Gerald Paul Regier Jan 2017

Transformative Leadership And Its Development In Public Service Reform In Kenya, Gerald Paul Regier

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

Leadership on the African continent has been a focus of scholars as African nations have incredible human and natural resources but seem to be bereft of the leaders necessary to capitalize on its opportunities. Researchers acknowledge that the barrier to progress in the developing world is not the deficiency of money or natural resources, but suggested it to be the lack of leadership. Researchers have demonstrated reasons for this deficiency including the effects of the colonial system upon people and civil service systems, but have yet been able to establish a promising path to economic and social progress. Leaders in ...


Positionality And Feminisms Of Women Within Sufi Brotherhoods Of Senegal, Georgia Collins Oct 2016

Positionality And Feminisms Of Women Within Sufi Brotherhoods Of Senegal, Georgia Collins

IdeaFest: Interdisciplinary Journal of Creative Works and Research from Humboldt State University

No abstract provided.


A Life Cycle Assessment Of A Uranium Mine In Namibia, Janine Lambert Jun 2016

A Life Cycle Assessment Of A Uranium Mine In Namibia, Janine Lambert

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Uranium mining and nuclear power is a controversial topic as of late, especially in light of the recent Fukushima event. Although the actual use of nuclear fuel has minimal environmental impact, its issues come at the very beginning and end of the fuel’s life cycle in both the mining and fuel disposal process. This paper focuses on a life cycle analysis (LCA) of uranium mine in the desert nation of Namibia in Southern Africa. The goal of this LCA is to evaluate the environmental effects of uranium mining. The LCA focuses on water and energy embodiment such that they ...


Ebusua Fie, Dahlia Roberts Nduom Feb 2016

Ebusua Fie, Dahlia Roberts Nduom

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the Fanti of Ghana.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

Growing up in the Caribbean and currently living in Ghana, I‘ve been interested in the conversation surrounding the development and definition of both a Caribbean‘ style and African‘ style and the cultural, social, political and historical issues that surround this. The competition seemed like a perfect avenue to continue to investigate these interests.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

Trying to study and investigate the ...


Sakhile, Nicole Nomsa Moyo Feb 2016

Sakhile, Nicole Nomsa Moyo

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the culture of the Ndebele and Zulu of South Africa.

Why do you believe African homeowners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?

Homeownership and identity are strongly linked. The Sakhile house design embraces and celebrates the present and the past. It is affordable and gives opportunity for growth. The house provides functions that make it sustainable and requires a minimal cost to maintain as the architecture serves and provides from the environment to the family. The house gives the owner independence as the walls act as a ...


The Mudina, Kseniya Mamaeva Feb 2016

The Mudina, Kseniya Mamaeva

ATL

Honorable Mention

Symbiosis of African traditional design and modern technology.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

I am a student, and so for me it was the opportunity to experiment. The process of creating this project was part of my training. I was interested in exploring the culture of African countries and the peoples of Africa, the nature Africa.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

The most difficult part in the development of my prototype was to create home elements ...


Umoja, Mark Gomina Feb 2016

Umoja, Mark Gomina

ATL

Honorable Mention

Promoting a synthesis of African design.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

It was challenging sorting out the so many research materials gathered from diverse sources, yet it was most interesting and fulfilling to find they all corroborated Umoja‘s values of unity, proportion and functionality.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

I was inspired by CPDI‘s laudable initiative towards the development of sustainable/successful African Neighborhoods and communities coupled with my passion for promoting African indigenous ...


The Mask, Marina Ryleeva Feb 2016

The Mask, Marina Ryleeva

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the symbolism of the African Mask.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

The ancient culture of the ethnic groups of Africa. Bright stylized art. Nature. People and indigenous cultures. African masks.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

Tracing the history of tribal masks, hard to find good material. Implementing the idea to style.

Why do you believe African homeowners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?

I think ...


Jali, Miracle David-Adjah, Bismark Achodo Feb 2016

Jali, Miracle David-Adjah, Bismark Achodo

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the music of Africa.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

We are interested in creating an African built environment that will intrigue and attract the world at large.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

It was interesting to find out that Africans are deeply connected. In search of land, indigenous people migrated and exchanged aspects of culture. One challenge was that African cultural heritage is not extensively documented. And although we as Africans can get information ...


The Gojo, Kalkidan Tesfaye, Filimon Teshome, Hundaol Girma Feb 2016

The Gojo, Kalkidan Tesfaye, Filimon Teshome, Hundaol Girma

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the Sidama of Ethiopia.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

We believe that Africa is the most diverse continent in the world, and with all the different cultures, architecture can be practiced with much more creative expression than the rest of the world.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

African spaces are the reflection of nature, and so it was interesting to design something that is in a direct connection with nature.

Why do you believe ...


Amai, Gratio Ray, Kevin Yamaputra, Cynthia Javanny Feb 2016

Amai, Gratio Ray, Kevin Yamaputra, Cynthia Javanny

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the people and culture of Zimbabwe.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

We are interested to involving ourselves to design prototype of modern architecture of Africa by research on the cultural and philosophical approach.

Why do you believe African home-owners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?

We offer a compact living with a flexible space to hold a social activities and emphasizing a sustainability system in water usage.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during ...


Noktecture, Ojile Ameh Godswill Feb 2016

Noktecture, Ojile Ameh Godswill

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the Nok terracotta.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

I am of the opinion that original African culture has not been fully portrayed especially in our Architecture, at least that is the reason we still run helter-skelter using / adopting Roman classical forms of cornices (concrete fascia), entablatures in a bit to coining ours. I believe if we could only make move to look inwards; there is richness in African originality that if harnessed would yield unfathomable impact. CPDI Africa is a platform we have craved for ...


The Mena, Julia Mauser, Girum Solomon, Minasie Terefe Feb 2016

The Mena, Julia Mauser, Girum Solomon, Minasie Terefe

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the art of the Konso people of Ethiopia.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

Our Africa is a continent with unparalleled cultural richness and stories to be told. However, what we are witnessing today is only the smallest fraction of the vast potential we have got. So much resource just sitting by, time moving fast and we seem to be stuck in the present while the whole world speeding pass by us. Instead of laying back and complaining we took it upon ourselves to do something ...


Desert Wave, Omelchenko Alisa, Ksenia Bilyk Feb 2016

Desert Wave, Omelchenko Alisa, Ksenia Bilyk

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the vernacular architecture of Northern Nigeria.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

The most unexpected thing was the huge variety of African architectural typology and forms. Just like any other culture typical for certain area it has its recognizable features, but having examined it deeply we cognized its diversity.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

We have always been captivated by Africa’s ancient history and its authentic design, multifaceted culture and the ability to observe ...


Northern Pafta, Gebrekidan G. Debre Feb 2016

Northern Pafta, Gebrekidan G. Debre

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the culture of the Konso people of Ethiopia.

What inspired you to enter this competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

For the past three years I was working on research called Ethioplugin Add-on Library at my campus (EiABC). There the objective, was digitalizing the heritages of Ethiopia such as furniture and fixtures, patterns and textures, construction details, so that they will be accessible by the professionals like interior designers, architects electronically. This made me familiar with working on cultural elements and extracting designed product out of them. I was excited (about the competition ...


Shebaxumite, Liuel Hizikias Ketema Feb 2016

Shebaxumite, Liuel Hizikias Ketema

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the Axumite people of Ethiopia.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

The evolution of African architecture has almost come to a standstill due to western influence. The potential of construction materials used in African designs have a far greater utility in their specific climates or natural conditions as opposed to western materials. It‘s easy to say my inspiration came from my deep passion to explore the potential of African construction materials for what they are truly worth.

What did you find most interesting or challenging ...


Tata, Tan Boon Chiou Feb 2016

Tata, Tan Boon Chiou

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the vernacular architecture of the Benin people.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

The culturally rich and diverse nature of the African continent has always fascinated me. The long history of construction skills and know-how displayed by different ethnic groups that reflect the harmonious symphony with the various landscapes and terrains have and would continue to exert the potentials to inspire the architecture of the next generations. For example, the use of fractal geometries, which is native to various tribes of the continent, serves an important ...


K'Jong, Nakimuli Thatcher, Lawrence Okoth, Brian Murungi Feb 2016

K'Jong, Nakimuli Thatcher, Lawrence Okoth, Brian Murungi

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the Karamojong people of Northern Uganda.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

Studio Manyatta was created with this very vision in mind. As a team of young designers from various design disciplines, and inspired by the Karamojong one of Africa's most intriguing cultures, we set out to explore what kind of environments Africa would have created with minimal influence from the colonization era. This competition was a chance to carry out his goal on a larger platform.

Why do you believe African homeowners will be ...


The Ije, Izuchukwu M. Amadi Feb 2016

The Ije, Izuchukwu M. Amadi

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the pyramids of Egypt.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

The need to promote and create an indigenous African architectural language using our local materials, methods and also to express the rich heritage of the African people both in design and life style.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

The most challenging point of my research was how to use recycled pet bottle for the facade cladding in another innovative way, having used it for my ...


Afar Sidama, Amanuale Brook Feb 2016

Afar Sidama, Amanuale Brook

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the Afar and Sidama people of Ethiopia.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

I am interested in vernacular African architecture especially from my home region, Eastern Africa. Its obvious Vernacular architecture is dear to me. How the people have evolved from historical and diverse socio-cultural, climatic conditions and civilizations. Our built environment is a good way to appreciate our progress.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

My research into how people survive in the most uninhabitable ...


Assita, Jun Yanagimuro, Hayashi Yoichiro, Ignacio Darras Feb 2016

Assita, Jun Yanagimuro, Hayashi Yoichiro, Ignacio Darras

ATL

Honorable Mention

Inspired by the culture of the Burkina Faso.

Why do you believe African homeowners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?

In our design, as mentioned before, we focused in one main aspect: giving new perspectives around their existing ways of constructing. We believe to have got in contact with very main aspects of their construction that needed a change and many others that didn´t so, at least for now, we gave priority to the ones we think they should be changed/improved for a better quality of living ...