Building Capacity in System Dynamics in Africa: The Mandela Washington Fellowship Experience

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Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series

Since 2016, two cohorts of young African professionals have come to Ohio State to take part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Public Management Institute, geared to developing their leadership, public policy, networking and other skills.  A key component of the Institute is the Policy Analytics, Modeling, and Simulation (PAMS) workshop.  Fellows make use of STELLA software to run models created as graphical representations of a system using fundamental policy building blocks. By working on particular cases and examining the dynamic behavior of complex systems, Fellows gain important insights into policy analysis and visualizing real-world problems. This systems approach, using scientific tools for decision-making, advances Fellows’ facility with designing different implementation scenarios for future policy management in their home countries.  The creation and expansion of a network of African professionals with systems dynamics capacity has the potential to expand the program’s impact even further. Rudy Hightower, who leads the PAMS workshop, will discuss its successes and challenges, as well as its application in particular countries such as Ethiopia.

Postponed until spring semester.

Enarson Classroom Building Room 160 on the Ohio State University campus

The event is free and open to the public, and participants are welcome to bring lunch and eat during the conversation. RSVP here.

About the speaker

Rudy L. Hightower II, National Security Policy doctoral candidate is currently an instructor at The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Hightower researches regional security in the Black Sea, organizational capacity, and the effectiveness of U.S. foreign policy and national security dynamics in agent-based modeling. Hightower was awarded the Chalmers P. Wylie Scholarship for Public Service in 2010 and the Mershon Center for International Security Research Grant. Hightower has published four publications so far, and is working on three others currently.


If you can’t make it to the session, the talk will be live streamed and recorded. Streaming logistics: If you don’t have a university login, just enter as a guest. Your system should automatically download a flash plug-in that will allow Adobe Connect to run in your browser. Email Maureen Langlois with questions.

About the Series

The Voices from the Field Brown Bag Speaker Series is a collaboration between the Center for African Studies, the Global One Health initiative, and the Global Water Institute. Sessions are held Wednesdays from 12-1 in Enarson 160.

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Photo: Mandela Washington Fellows toured the Ohio Statehouse as part of their 6-week experience in Columbus, Ohio.  Source: Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University