Africa

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New York Times Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: A Ugandan Peace

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton writes to the New York Times about the suspension of peace negotiations in Uganda. Read More
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Report: War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda: An Assessment Report

Foreword Northern Uganda’s brutal war, now in its twentieth year, has gained world attention in the wake of indictments by the International Criminal Court against Joseph Kony and four of his commanders in the Lord ... Read More

Commentary by Kole Shettima on International Safe Motherhood Day

On May 8, International Safe Motherhood Day, MacArthur's Africa Office Director Kole Shettima calls attention to the preventable deaths of mothers. Read More

Human Rights Watch Reports on War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Committed in the Congo

In September, longtime MacArthur grantee Human Rights Watch published a comprehensive report on mineral exploitation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “The Curse of Gold” documents war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by ... Read More

Seven Nations, Six Foundations, One Mission: Africa's Future

On September 16, about 200 people with an interest in the future of Africa gathered in New York for the announcement of the second phase of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa. MacArthur, Ford, Rockefeller ... Read More

Commentary: Taking Human Rights Seriously

In an Op-Ed published in the Chicago Tribune, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton calls on the United Nations to put aside politics and take a leading role in addressing human rights grievances around the world. Read More

Biodiversity Conservation Efforts in Africa's Albertine Rift Region

MacArthur awarded 13 grants, totaling more than $4 million, in support of conservation efforts in Central Africa. Read More

$200 Million Commitment to Improve Higher Education in Africa

MacArthur and five partner foundations announced the second phase of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa. Read More

Milking the Rhino

Milking the Rhino examines the deepening conflict between humans and animals in an ever-shrinking world. It is the first major documentary to explore wildlife conservation from the perspective of people who live with wild animals. Shot ...

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Commentary by Jonathan Fanton Calling for U.S. Support of the International Criminal Court

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton calls on the U.S. to reverse its position on the International Criminal Court and support efforts to refer the humanitarian crisis in Darfur to The ... 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