Coronavirus Panel Discussion by China Forum

The China Forum will host the first-panel event of the year – Coronavirus Outbreak, A Global Health Emergency. Invited experts and professors from WashU’s school of medicine, the Brown School and Arts & Sciences will share their knowledge on the public health, social policy and political implications of the outbreak.  Monday, February 17 | 6 […]

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Africa Initiative Awards Pilot Grants

In its first cycle, The Africa Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis has awarded three pilot grants of $10,000 each to three projects. The purpose of this pilot grant program is to advance collaborative research in the fields of health and human development and to forge meaningful research collaborations between faculty at Washington University […]

First International Symposium on Finance and Social Development at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China.

Pioneering work at the Center for Social Development influences financial social work in China

In a national effort to alleviate poverty, China has already invested deeply in financial technology (“FinTech”) to achieve financial inclusion. In this context, financial social work (FSW) is a good fit with China’s public priorities and the interests of social workers, researchers, policymakers and educators. Over the course of two decades, Washington University’s Center for […]

Through financial literacy, empowerment for women

Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS, with Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda accounting for 48% of new infections. Women in sex work are at increased risk, and poverty is the most common reason for sex work. Nearly 1,000 women engaged in sex work in Uganda are being provided with savings […]

Research in the service of social policy

Socio-economic, educational and health-related inequities and inequalities adversely affect the wellbeing of people and communities in St. Louis, across the US, and worldwide. Washington University in St. Louis has established a new Social Policy Institute with the mission of bringing together research findings from schools and disciplines across the university to address these pressing and […]

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Africa Speak: A Series

Join The Africa Initiative and the Institute for Public Health for a conversation on their current work in Africa. This event series fosters learning and offers opportunities for collaboration. 4:30 – 6:00 PMBrown Lounge | Brown Hall, Room 112 For more information and to RSVP, please click button below. Africa Speak Spring 2020 Lineup February […]

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Seminar in China advances research, global partnership

Recently in Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, more than 150 social work faculty, graduate students and practitioners participated in a first-of-its-kind intensive summer seminar at Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU). The seminar focused on advanced research methods for practitioners and researchers working abroad. Students from six different universities in the UK and the US took part in the advanced […]

Benjamin Akande, director of the Africa initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses the Initiative's progress at its inaugural meeting April 23.

Engaging with Africa

April 23, Washington University in St. Louis hosted the inaugural meeting of the university’s Africa initiative. The Africa initiative was founded in 2018 to enhance the university’s impact on the continent through research, teaching and entrepreneurship. Benjamin Akande, assistant vice chancellor for international affairs-Africa, reported at the meeting that there are 128 faculty members engaged […]

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