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Current Awareness 2018: May

General topics of interest

What is Current Awareness?

Current awareness is the term used to describe staying informed by keeping up to date with the latest publications, research and news in your field.

The perspective of current awareness is the present and the forthcoming, as opposed to the retrospective. 

Current awareness ranges from looking for information on specific topics on a regular basis (and this usually involves the assistance of your Personal Librarian to help you set up a search profile matched to your research interests) to embracing a wider, more general, and cross-disciplinary view that brings an element of serendipity into your search for the latest information.

Informally, researchers remain alert in all contexts for useful information and insights that will inform their daily practice, their research, and spark off innovative and creative ideas for new avenues of research.

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Website of the Month

ISS, Institute for Security Studies

The ISS works on the main threats to human security across Africa. The topics we cover through our research, policy advice and training are listed here, alongside the regions making up the continent. Select one or more topic and region to access results of our work that interest you.

As the human security landscape in Africa and globally changes, we adapt to respond to new threats and opportunities. The topics listed may therefore change. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, use the Search function in the top right hand corner of our website.

About the Monthly Current Awareness Page

The year is marked with many special days, weeks, and months dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important issues.

This monthly post, compiled by the Information Search Librarians Team, will note special dates and themes, and draw your attention to possibly interesting cross-disciplinary topical references intended to inform and to inspire ideas for research.

May 2018

Selected Noteworthy Days in May 2018:

May: Africa Month

The month of May celebrates the achievements made in the development of Africa.  The events culminate in Africa Day on 25 May, which is a day declared by the African Union and celebrated in Africa.

The theme for Africa Month 2018 is “A Year of Nelson Mandela – Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.

Related links:


1 May: Workers Day (South Africa)


3 May: World Press Freedom Day

In 2018, UNESCO will lead the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day. The main event, jointly organized by UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Ghana, will take place in Accra, Ghana on 2 – 3 May. This year’s global theme is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’, and will cover issues of media and the transparency of the political process, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public. The Day will also examine contemporary challenges of ensuring press freedom online.

10 May: World Move for Health Day

12 May: World Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Day

12 May: International Nurses' Day

15 May: International Day of Families

17 May: World Hypertension Day

17 May: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

18 May: International Museum Day

21 May: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

25 May: Africa Day

28 May: International Day of Action for Women's Health

31 May: World No Tobacco Day

In the Media

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Should you wish to read Current Awareness guides of previous years, please visit the archive:






Looking for Upcoming 2018 Conferences?

If you are looking for 2018's forthcoming conferences, the following websites are helpful:


Golden Oldies

African culture and managerial behaviour : clarifying the connections

By Mufune, P. In South African Journal of Business Management, Volume 34, Issue 3, Sep 2003, p. 17 - 28


There is an increasing recognition that Management is a critical factor in the running of African organizations and in pulling African countries out of their economic crisis. Although efforts have been made to provide management and administrative training, the role of culture in management remains poorly understood. This paper evaluates studies that look at the role played by African culture in managerial behaviour. It examines how values and approaches derived from African culture may or may not be affecting managers and the functioning of organizations. It examines how African managers diverge from managers in other countries. It concludes by emphasizing that there are many shortcomings in research on the African culture-managerial behavior dynamic. It points to various suggestions that may help clarify the inconclusive results in this area of research.

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African culture and values

By Gabriel E. Idang. In Phronimon, Volume 16, Issue 2, Jan 2015, p. 97 - 111


The main objective of this paper is to examine African culture and values. Since culture is often seen as the sum total of the peculiarities shared by a people, a people's values can be seen as part of their culture. In discussing African culture and values, we are not presupposing that all African societies have the same explanation(s) for events, the same language, and same mode of dressing and so on. Rather, there are underlying similarities shared by many African societies which, when contrasted with other cultures, reveal a wide gap of difference. In this paper, we try to show the relevance of African culture and values to the contemporary society but maintain that these values be critically assessed, and those found to be inimical to the well-being and holistic development of the society, be discarded. In this way, African culture and values can be revaluated, their relevance established and sustained in order to give credence to authentic African identity.

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