Africa Events

Cities at the Center of the World

April 22, 2014 // 9:00am4:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
In collaboration with the Cities and Globalization Working Group at George Mason University’s Center for Global Studies, The Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory invites you to a discussion of the nexus between urban growth and globalization. Please join leading urban scholars, practitioners and policy makers for a discussion of the social, spatial and political terrain of cities as critical global centers.

Land-Grabbing and Villagization in Ethiopia's Lowlands and Beyond

March 27, 2014 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Africa Program
Join us for a discussion on the issues of land grabbing and villgization in the Gambella region of Ethiopia.

Africa's Governance Challenge: Why Clientelism Remains the Greatest Impediment

March 25, 2014 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
Join us for a discussion on the challenge and impediment of clientelism in African politics and peacebuilding.
Webcast

Forests on Film: New Stories from Nepal and the Congo Basin

March 25, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
At the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital on March 25, the Wilson Center premiered ECSP’s latest documentary, Scaling the Mountain: Protecting Forests for Families in Nepal. Together with Heart of Iron, a recent film on mining in the Congo Basin, the event took viewers into some of the world’s most remote forests to see how their inhabitants are adapting to rapid changes in the natural resources on which they depend.

New Evidence on the Congo Crisis and Aftermath, 1960-1968

March 04, 2014 // 9:00am12:30pm
Cold War International History Project
CWIHP, in cooperation with the Office of the Historian, US Department of State, will host a symposium on FRUS Volume XXIII, Congo, 1960–1968. The newest volume in the Foreign Relations of the United States series examines US foreign policy toward Congo-Léopoldville during the administrations of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson.
Webcast

Water, Conflict, and Peacebuilding in Development: Lessons for Practitioners (Toolkit Launch)

February 24, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
With almost 800 million people currently lacking access to clean water and two-thirds of the world’s population projected to face conditions of severe water stress by 2025, disputes over water are a growing global concern. But while dwindling water supplies sharpen focus on conflict, long-term peacebuilding opportunities are often overlooked.
Webcast

Urbanization and Insecurity: Crowding, Conflict, and Gender

February 18, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“Sexual violence plays a special role as a form of violence and as a form of terror and torture,” said Alison Brysk, a Wilson Center fellow and Mellichamp chair of global governance at the University of California Santa Barbara. Yet the connections between gender-based violence and urbanization – observed in Kenya, India, and countries around the world – are not widely recognized.
Webcast

Public-Private Partnerships in Aid: A Tool For U.S. Policy

February 14, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm
By partnering with U.S. corporations, USAID and other development agencies can help developing countries innovate new technologies, leapfrog infrastructure investment, and create new markets and sustainable livelihoods. Using technology and innovation to change the lives of millions around the world, these partnerships may also help shape a different view of America as a global power: smart and capable, focused on success and results, not ideology. However, these partnerships can be a challenge to develop and sustain. How can Congress work with the private sector and development agencies to enable these partnerships for success?
Webcast

From Victoria to Chilwa: Integrated Development in Two African Lake Basins

February 10, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In Lake Victoria and Lake Chilwa basins, interconnected development challenges defy sectoral boundaries, said experts at the Wilson Center on February 10. According to Deepa Pullanikkatil of Leadership for Environment and Development and Doreen Othero of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, growing populations, shrinking resource bases, and persistent human health concerns demonstrate the need for integrated development approaches that combine population, health, and environmental (PHE) interventions. “We need different sectors working together to achieve the greater goal,” said Pullanikkatil.
Podcast

South Sudan: A Way to End Conflict?

January 14, 2014 // 9:30am10:30am
Africa Program
Simmering political and ethnic rivalries in South Sudan have erupted in open conflict. Over a thousand people have been killed, and many hundreds of thousands more have been displaced, seeking refuge in Uganda, Sudan or UN camps in South Sudan. Peace talks between the rebels and government in Addis Ababa have stalled. Does this mean that South Sudan has failed? Can the talks produce a truce and meaningful discussion of the way ahead? How can the international community play a more constructive role? Experts on the ground discuss the way forward in this Ground Truth Briefing.

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