May 12, 2015 // 9:30am — 5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Speakers from the Sahel and US-based experts will engage in solutions-oriented policy dialogues that address demographic trends, reproductive health, food security, and peacebuilding. Additional cross-cutting themes throughout the discussion will include gender, youth, and health.
March 23, 2015 // 9:00am — 4:30pm
Maternal Health Initiative
The world is about to hit a “turning point” in maternal and newborn health, said Laura Laski, chief of the sexual and reproductive health at UNFPA, at the Wilson Center on March 23. “In terms of strengthening the new health system for achieving the MDGS or any other goals, we have to focus on the human resources for health.” In particular, midwives.
Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats
August 20, 2014 // 10:00am — 1:00pm
Development and poverty reduction are inextricably linked to the water, energy and security nexus in Africa. There was some consensus that the impact of climate variability and extreme climate events depends not only on the severity of the crisis, but also on the vulnerability of the affected population – which is correlated with the level of development along with governance and other socio-cultural factors. Just as poverty can put communities at an increased level of vulnerability, so can sustainable development lead to improvements in climate-resilience and human security.
July 08, 2014 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
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.
June 17, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:30am
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.
May 20, 2014 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
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.
January 14, 2014 // 9:30am — 10:30am
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.
January 10, 2014 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Since the middle of December the world's newest country, South Sudan, has been gripped by violence. What started as a political dispute has escalated into fighting across significant portions of the country.
November 13, 2013 // 8:55am — 11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
Sudan’s pastoralists gained infamy during the conflict in Darfur last decade, when outsiders described the violence as a result of competition between climate-stressed, semi-nomadic herders and sedentary farmers. But Sudan’s pastoralists may not be as fragile as previously thought and could even hold the key to survival for similar groups in Africa, said a panel of experts at the Wilson Center on November 13.
A Briefing by The Honorable Raila A. Odinga: African Achievements and Challenges: Learning from the Past but Looking Forward
June 18, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:30am
The former Prime Minister of the Republic Kenya, The Honorable Raila A. Odinga, discussed the past 50 years of achievements and challenges on the continent as well as his vision for Africa over the next 50 years, with a particular focus on Africa's future engagements with China and the United States.