Africa Events

Podcast

Investing in Indebtedness: World History and Impoverishment in Africa

September 16, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Modern Africa's impoverishment, though often alleged to have begun in the era of slaving, deepened during colonial rule, barely paused during the early years of national independence, intensified with the Cold War era of military rule, and – recently – provoked painful structural adjustment programs, has in fact been at the core of the continent’s relationship with the commercial economies surrounding it for a millennium and may reveal as much about world economies as about Africa itself.
Webcast

Harvesting Peace: Food Security, Conflict, and Cooperation (Report Launch)

September 12, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
In the wake of food riots in more than 30 countries in 2008 and the Arab Spring, in which food prices played an instigating role, the relationship between food security and instability demands a closer examination. “There is a lot of data on conflict, and a lot of data on food security, but it’s rarely brought together,” says Emmy Simmons, the author of the latest edition of 'ECSP Report.'
Webcast

A Dialogue on Integrated Multi-Sector Approaches: What Works and What’s Next?

September 10, 2013 // 2:30pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
This fall, BALANCED – Building Actors and Leaders for Advancing Community Excellence in Development– finished a five-year project funded by USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health to advance and support PHE approaches in Africa and Asia. Ultimately, BALANCED trained 2,000 people from 72 organizations and eight countries on how to start or run community-level integrated programs.
Webcast

Africa as the Last Frontier: Why It Matters in the Global Economy

August 15, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
Kinglsey Moghalu, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, will be speaking at the Wilson Center on the subject of his new book, Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter.
Webcast

The Role of Family Planning in Improving Maternal Health

July 31, 2013 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Maternal Health Initiative
Ensuring access to family planning is not only a matter of human rights, but can also play a key role in protecting the health of mothers and children. Maternal health experts and program directors met at the Wilson Center on July 31 to discuss the role family planning takes in women’s health in developing countries, what successes family planning programs worldwide have had so far, and what can be done to expand services. Sarah Craven, chief of the UN Population Fund’s Washington office, moderated the event.
Webcast

Oysters, Octopus, and Resilience

July 26, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Growing awareness of the connected challenges of natural resource management, economic growth, and human health has encouraged more integrated models of international development. The experience of two organizations – TRY Oyster Women’s Association, based in The Gambia, and Blue Ventures, based in Madagascar – demonstrates the success of a community-based approach to building resilience.
Webcast

A Briefing by The Honorable Djibrill Bassolé: Updates on the Sahel Security Situation and Presidential Elections in Mali

July 12, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
Foreign Minister Bassolé discussed recent developments in the Sahel and Sahara region, as well as the Ouagadougou Agreement that set the Presidential elections in Mali for July 28.
Webcast

Driving the African Century: Youth, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

June 25, 2013 // 1:15pm5:40pm
Africa Program
On June 25, panels will be convened to discuss Africa's growth potential in the 21st century, covering topics including "Africa's Possibilities in 2023," "Business, Technology, & Entrepreneurship in Africa," and "Impact Investing, Social Enterprises, & Innovators in Africa."
Podcast

Media Briefing: President Obama's Trip to Africa

June 21, 2013 // 10:00am10:30am
Africa Program
Wilson Center experts on Africa preview President Obama's upcoming trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania
Webcast

Women as Agents of Change: Traditional Practices and Community-Based Social Change in Ethiopia

June 20, 2013 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Africa Program
Dr. Bogaletch Gebre is the recipient of this year's King Badouin African Development Prize. She is a passionate women’s rights activist from Ethiopia and has been recognized for her efforts to transform the lives of women through innovation and altering traditional conceptions of a woman’s role in shaping her political, economic, and social destiny.

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