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A collection of information on MacArthur's grantmaking in Africa

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“Learning, Knowing, and Serving: The MacArthur Foundation in Africa,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton describes the Foundation's efforts to support knowledge for, in, from, and about Africa, efforts he argues are crucial to the positive growth of African institutions. Read More
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Justice Richard Goldstone to Receive MacArthur Award for International Justice

MacArthur will honor Justice Richard J. Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, with the MacArthur Award for International Justice. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton Announcing the MacArthur Award for International Justice

At a colloqium at American University, MacArthur' President Jonathan Fanton announces the second winner of the award, United Nations Special Prosecutor Richard Goldstone. Read More

New Master’s Programs Will Train Sustainable Development Leaders

The first global initiative to provide rigorous professional training for future leaders in the field of sustainable development was unveiled today at Columbia University. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the International Commission on Education for Development Professionals

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton unveils the Foundation's $15 million commitment to create 2-year Master’s Programs in Development Practice at up to 12 universities worldwide. Read More
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Fenosoa Andriamahenina of the Tany Meva Foundation

The Tany Meva Foundation, Madagascar's first environmental foundation, was one of eight recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions in 2008. Watch

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Chino Edmund Obiagwu of Legal Defence and Assistance Project

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project, which advocates for prisoners' rights in Nigeria, was one of eight recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions in 2008.

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Jonathan Fanton Calls on the UN Security Council to Continue Proceedings Against Sudan's Omar al-Bashir

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton urges the United Nations Security Council to not stand in the way of the International Criminal Court's war crimes proceedings against Sudan's president. Read More

U.S. Foundations Affirm Commitment to African Higher Education

Presidents of the seven U.S. foundations announced in a press release the unanimous decision to continue collaborative and individual grantmaking aimed at strengthening higher education in Africa beyond an original ten-year commitment ending in 2010. Read More

$50 Million to Protect Biodiversity Threatened by Climate Change

MacArthur is committing $50 million to help conservation groups working in eight biodiversity hotspots preserve biodiversity in the face of climate change. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Kole A. Shettima

Kole A. Shettima

Director, Africa Office
Portrait of Mary R. Page

Mary R. Page

Director, Human Rights and International Justice
Portrait of Jorgen Thomsen

Jorgen Thomsen

Director, Conservation & Sustainable Development
Portrait of Raoul J. Davion

Raoul J. Davion

Associate Director, Girls' Secondary Education

Waheed Adeniran

Driver, Nigeria

Esther Ifesanmi

Executive Secretary, Nigeria

Hauwa K. Kazeem

Program Assistant, Nigeria

Susan Paul

Library Assistant, Nigeria

Amina Usman

Program Administrator, Nigeria

Rahab Uzoije

Receptionist, Nigeria