The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) sponsored a congressional study trip to Ghana and Liberia from March 20 to March 26, 2011. It was organized by Wilson Center on the Hill and the Africa Program at the Wilson Center. This trip was funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Seeking to respond to the increased policymaker interest in the African continent – a product of scheduled increases in aid flows to Africa, and new concerns about national security implications of failed and failing states, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, with support from the Ford Foundation and supplemental funding from the Carnegie Corporation launched the new Congressional Staff Forum on Africa.
Steve Mcdonald, Consulting Program Director with the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity and the Africa Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center speaks on the challenges and successes of the Burundi Leadership Training Project. Ending warfare in the developing world and establishing democracy has proven to be a difficult task. Holding "free and fair" elections is essential to building stability but much more is required for sustained peace. Participants must learn to trust one another and to view political power as something that must be shared. View this interview on the Wilson Center's dialogue Radio and Television website.
The winds of revival and development of the Katanga province are already blowing. Proof of that: the determination and will of Katangese leaders to walk hand in hand from now on.
On December 6, 2006 at the Wilson Center the Initiative for Inclusive Security presented a list of objectives for including women in the security process in Darfur.
In Rwanda, economic progress has come at the cost of democracy, with disenfranchisement especially high among youth, Wilson Center fellow Marc Sommers argues in a New York Times op-ed. President Paul Kagame’s virtual dictatorship may also be guilty of intimidating opposition politicians and journalists, Sommers says.