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Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA) is based at the Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford campus in Ontario, Canada. The institute focuses on contemporary development and social justice issues in Africa using an interdisciplinary perspective. Our mission is to promote global awareness and excellence in knowledge development on African issues, with the aim of inspiring positive transformation.

Our key areas of concentration are:

  • health and education
  • governance
  • human rights
  • economic and technological development

The institute’s fellows span various disciplines and departments across Laurier's campuses. In addition, we have several external fellows that are faculty at national and international universities.

The institute hosts events, speakers and panel discussions with an endeavor to share our work with the community and beyond. Through our various initiatives, students and community members have opportunities to get involved, engage, and deepen their understanding of humanitarian and development issues affecting Africa.

TISCA aspires to serve as a hub for knowledge mobilization and student/faculty enrichment that informs transformative policies and emphasize causes for hope.

Origins of the Word Tshepo

Tshepo (say-poh) is the Setswana word for hope.

The founders of the institute believe it is important to underline the serious challenges facing Africans today and the tremendous resources being marshalled to meet these challenges.

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Contact Us:

Akbar Saeed, Director

T: 519.756.8228 x5764

Andrea Brown, Associate Director


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