Africa Initiative Discussion Paper Series

About the series

The Africa Initiative Discussion Paper Series presents policy-relevant, peer-reviewed, field-based research that addresses substantive issues in the areas of conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, migration and climate change. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and advance knowledge on issues relevant to policy makers and opinion leaders in Africa. Papers in this series are written by experienced African and Canadian researchers, and have gone through the grant review process, or, in select cases, are commissioned studies supported by the Africa Initiative research program.

In the Series

As low- and middle-income countries face continued shortages of human resources for health and the double burden of infectious and chronic diseases, there is renewed international interest in the potential for community health workers (CHWs) to take on a growing role in strengthening health systems. Health surveillance assistants (HSAs) — as the CHW cadre in Zomba District, Malawi is known — play a vital role by connecting the community with the formal health care sector.
Climate change is a critical issue facing the world, and nowhere is it more deeply felt than throughout Africa — a continent contributing a small carbon footprint, but dealing with the consequences of others’ actions. African climate scientists offer a unique perspective on what is described as an “out of Africa” problem begging for “made in Africa” solutions.