Africa Events

Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

July 08, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Africa Program
The challenge of youth employment in Africa may appear daunting, yet Africa's vibrant youth represent an enormous opportunity, particularly now, when populations in much of the world are aging rapidly. Youth not only need jobs, but also create them. Africa's growing labor force can be an asset in the global marketplace.

Africa's Youth and Innovation Potential for Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development

June 26, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
On Thursday, June 26th the Africa Program hosted a panel made up of Ernest Acheampong, a Southern Voices Scholar and Researcher at the African Technology Policy Network, and Sarah Sladen, a Senior Manager of International Youth Development at InterAction. Both speakers discussed issues related to Africa’s youth, development, and educational policy. The discussion was moderated by the Africa Program’s Public Policy Scholar, Steve McDonald.
Webcast

South Africa at 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy

June 24, 2014 // 2:25pm5:50pm
Africa Program
This year, South Africa is celebrating 20th anniversary of its first general elections when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency ending the scourge of apartheid. This milestone anniversary is an occasion to reflect on the impressive accomplishments of South African democracy and economy since 1994, ponder key challenges facing the country today and in the years ahead, and also think about South Africa's place in Africa and globally.

Gender Mainstreaming in African Armed Forces

June 23, 2014 // 10:00amJune 27, 2014 // 2:00pm
Africa Program
Africa Program Director Dr. Monde Muyangwa recently discussed gender mainstreaming in African armed forces at a Regional Gender Mainstreaming Seminar hosted by the Namibian Defense Force and co-sponsored by US Africa Command and US Army Africa in Windhoek, Namibia from 23-27 June, 2014. Representatives from Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Zambia, and the African Union attended the seminar, which brought regional leaders together to share lessons and impart best practices on the role that leadership can play in enhancing gender mainstreaming in the armed forces.

Religious violence in sub-Saharan Africa and the future of the secular state

June 17, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
On Tuesday, June 17th the Africa Program at The Wilson Center held a public event to examine growing religious violence in sub-Saharan Africa and the response from African states, as well as options for US-Africa engagement regarding the current situation with religious conflict. Discussants included Dr. Ludovic Lado, a current Southern Voices Scholar with the Africa Program and Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Dignity at the Center of Research and Action for Peace in Cote d’Ivoire, and Tiffany Lynch, Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at The Wilson Center, moderated the discussion.

Europe, the U.S., and Africa: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners

June 12, 2014 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
In the past, the world scrambled for Africa to win slaves, territory, and resources. Today, the world scrambles with Africa to do business in global markets. Ludger Kühnhardt, a Global Fellow with the Center’s Global Europe Program, launches his new book Africa Consensus: New Interests, Initiatives, and Partners. Kühnhardt argues that new African politics, African regional institutions, and global demand for partnerships in trade and security will lead the continent to new relationships with the United States, the European Union, and a number of emerging economies.

A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce

May 20, 2014 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Africa Program
Benefiting from unsurpassed access to the politicians, rebels, thinkers and events that are shaping the Sudans, author James Copnall draws a compelling portrait of two misunderstood countries. He will discuss his new book "A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts" where he argues that Sudan and South Sudan remain deeply interdependent, despite their separation.
Webcast

The Democratic Alternative from the South: India, Brazil, and South Africa

May 20, 2014 // 11:00am12:30pm
Brazil Institute
The Brazil Institute, the Africa Program, and the Asia Program will be convene a panel of experts on May 20th to discuss case studies of successful democratic transitions in the global South.
Webcast

Why Do People Move? Research on Environmental Migration Coming of Age

May 14, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
When she finished her dissertation on migration as a response to climate change in 2003, it was one of only a handful of scholarly papers published on the topic that year, said Susana Adamo, an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network. But in the decade since, interest in climate migration has exploded – in 2012, more than 10 times as many papers were published.
Webcast

Can Social Accountability Help Ensure Rights and Better Participation in Maternal Health Services?

May 05, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Maternal Health Initiative
Over the last two decades, social accountability has emerged as a strategy to make health services more responsive to community needs. It’s an approach that creates a space for “interaction between citizen engagement and government responsiveness,” said Jonathan Fox, professor of international development at American University at the Wilson Center May 5.

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