Africa Events

Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War

March 27, 2013 // 10:30am12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
While there has been much research on the effect of valuable natural resource extraction on a state’s domestic development (e.g., the “resource curse”), Wilson Center Fellow Jeff Colgan focuses on how natural resource extraction affects foreign policy. In 'Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War,' Colgan finds that “petrostates” – countries where revenue from oil exports exceeds 10 percent of GDP – are twice as likely to engage in inter-state conflict than non-petrostates.
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Environmental Film Festival: PHE in Tanzania & International Peace Parks

March 19, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Environmental security and international development aren’t typical movie-going fare, but at the 2013 DC Environmental Film Festival, ECSP premiered two short documentaries with unique environmental stories: ECSP's own 'Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania' and 'Transcending Boundaries: Perspectives from the Central Albertine Rift Transfrontier Protected Area Network.'
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Locating Social Entrepreneurship in the Global South: Innovations in Development Aid

March 12, 2013 // 9:00am5:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, will provide a keynote address on development aid and social entrepreneurship. Elizabeth L. Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will discuss leveraging the private sector's pivotal role in development. Leading scholars and practitioners will examine the role that social entrepreneurship can play in empowering the poor.

Postponed: Improving Health and the Environment Through Integrated System Approaches

March 06, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
This event is postponed due to inclement weather. Today’s health and environment issues are complex and interconnected. By embracing holistic viewpoints and finding commonalities in problem-solving, organizations like Health in Harmony (HIH) and Pathfinder’s SCIP (Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming) have successfully and sustainably tackled seemingly un-related health and environment issues in Indonesia and Mozambique. This panel will highlight examples of integrated system approaches in both programs and will share best practices for combining development projects in health and non-health technical areas.
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Mycotoxins: Triple Threat to African Development

February 14, 2013 // 9:00am4:30pm
Africa Program
Mycotoxins are increasingly recognized as a major threat to economic, social and human progress, especially in the developing world.
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South Africa’s Policy Challenges in the Next Four Years

February 11, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
This event featured a presentation by Reverend Frank Chikane on the issues that will face South Africa over the next four years. Chikane has served as Director General for every South African President since 1994 and brings a unique “insider’s” perspective and unparalleled experience with regard to governance in South Africa.
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DRC Update: Overview on Security and Development by Prime Minister Matata Ponyo Mapon

February 06, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
This event featured remarks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Prime Minister, H.E. Matata Ponyo Mapon, on matters regarding the country’s security and path to development. This discussion also featured Cynthia Akuetteh, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs as a panelist.
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Director's Forum: The United States – Africa Partnership: The Last Four Years and Beyond

January 16, 2013 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
Ambassador Carson reviewed the progress the United States and Africa have made together over the last four years in addressing Africa’s challenges and unlocking the continent’s potential, and will look ahead to some of the challenges Africa will face going forward.
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Africa Can Help Feed Africa: Removing Regional Barriers to Trade in Food Staples

January 09, 2013 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Africa Program
This discussion highlighted new research which suggested that the continent could generate an extra US$20 billion in yearly earnings if African leaders can agree to dismantle trade barriers that blunt more regional dynamism.
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Tapping the Potential of Displaced Youth in Urban Settings

December 13, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“When young people claim their right to education and health – including sexual and reproductive health – they increase their opportunities to become a powerful force for economic development and positive change,” said Nicole Gaertner, of UN Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State, quoting Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at the Wilson Center.

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