The UCLA Globalization Research Center-Africa (GRCA) conducts research on the dynamics and effects of globalization, with particular emphasis on impacts within Africa. The overall aim of the Center is to engage in research on ways global forces impact upon African societies; the ways in which African societies have an impact upon the globalization process; and the comparative, cross-national and cross cultural comparison of global processes as they relate to Africa.

Signature Projects

GlobaLink-Africa is a multimedia, online curriculum resource for critical thinking about globalization and its relationship with Africa, Africans, and United States-Africa policy. It provides high school students with a view of Africa and the world that is not accessible through conventional curriculums. In addition, the curriculum provides resources for teachers interested in teaching globalization issues. Follow the above link to access this free resource.

The HIV/AIDS Initiative conducts research to contribute to the ongoing investigation of solutions to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The initiative is focused on HIV/AIDS and its relationship to health, economics, security, human rights, child rights, politics and gender.

The Conflict, Conflict Management and Democracy team concerns itself with issues of the transnationalization of ethnic conflict in present day Africa. It is concerned with peace and security issues, including human security, along with democracy and civil society. Its ongoing research and symposiums bring people together from all over the world to consider such issues as globalization and African political economy, globalization and democracy in Africa, and globalization, mass communication, democracy and human rights in Africa.

This project directly addresses poverty as a manifestation of globalization. The condition of the urban poor with respect to access to basic water and sanitation services in Africa’s recent rapid urbanization provides a key indicator of the global division of wealth and power. It examines how the local and most visible manifestation of this division in the international economic order is the rapidly growing population of the poor urban slum dwellers and the inequality associated with this growth.

Recent Research Reports and Presentations