Due to recent funding cuts, the West African Research Association (WARA) is at risk of losing some of its essential programs in supporting leading research by the top scholars in West Africa and beyond.
WARA is the leading network linking US scholars to West Africa and provides opportunities for West African scholars to conduct groundbreaking research on the continent. Our mission is carried out by our various grant programs, covering pre- and post-doctoral research, Library studies and visiting scholars from West Africa to the US. Since its inception in 1989, WARA has provided over 200 research grants to US and West African scholars. Our work also supports the preservation of rare and endangered West African literature, languages, and music. Our research center in Dakar, Senegal, known as WARC (the West African Research Center) is a hub of informational exchange, diplomatic relations between West Africa, the US, and beyond, and a driver of educational development in the region. The WARC library last quarter assisted over2,000 faculty, students, and researchers in providing access to literature and archives on West Africa, many of which can be uniquely found there. Learn more about WARA and WARC here: http://www.bu.edu/wara/
WARA's role in informational exchange across borders - both physical and cultural - is increasingly important in today's globalized society. Without our research grants, West Africa will be missing out on the newest technological findings that improve public health, the environment, local business, and even the preservation of cultures.
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