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Africa Program - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars The Africa Program is focused on engaging and informing the policy community in Washington on Africa and issues of mutual interest to the U.S.

and Africa. The Africa Program, established at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1999, is focused on engaging and informing the policy community in Washington on Africa and issues of mutual interest to that continent and the United States. Its core mission of promoting high-level dialogue among policymakers, diplomats, non-governmental organizations, experts, field practition

and Africa. The Africa Program, established at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1999, is focused on engaging and informing the policy community in Washington on Africa and issues of mutual interest to that continent and the United States. Its core mission of promoting high-level dialogue among policymakers, diplomats, non-governmental organizations, experts, field practition

After a long 2-year pause due to COVID-19, the Wilson Center Africa Program is pleased to welcome its 3 Southern Voices ...
02/02/2022

After a long 2-year pause due to COVID-19, the Wilson Center Africa Program is pleased to welcome its 3 Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) Scholars to Washington, D.C. for the Spring 2022 term. Ms. Sandra Tumwesigye (Women's International Peace Center, Uganda), Mr. Yared Debebe Yetena (Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Ethiopia), and Mr. Awet Halefom Kahsay (Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Ethiopia) will be SVNP Scholars at the Wilson Center from January 31-April 22, 2022.

Learn more about the SVNP Scholarship here: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/southern-voices-network-peacebuilding-scholarship-program

Our Africa Up Close blog aims to raise awareness and understanding about Africa, analyze key issues in U.S.-Africa relat...
01/20/2022

Our Africa Up Close blog aims to raise awareness and understanding about Africa, analyze key issues in U.S.-Africa relations, and generate ideas and options for addressing challenges and opportunities in Africa.

Interested in contributing our blog? For more info: https://bit.ly/AfricaUpCloseAuthors

The sixth edition of the Africa: Year in Review series encompasses a collection of essays that present brief analyses on...
01/19/2022
Africa: Year in Review 2021

The sixth edition of the Africa: Year in Review series encompasses a collection of essays that present brief analyses on many of the continent’s most significant developments in political, economic, and social affairs.

We thank all of our contributors for helping to create an outstanding publication!

Read and download here: https://bit.ly/AYIR2021

The Wilson Center Africa Program continued its annual tradition of asking policymakers, scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders to examine the top developments in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations for 2021. Our contributors responded with the brief and insightful essays in this volume.

The Wilson Center strives to provide policymakers with industry-leading expertise that is trustworthy, nonpartisan, and ...
01/17/2022
On the Horizon 2022 | Africa

The Wilson Center strives to provide policymakers with industry-leading expertise that is trustworthy, nonpartisan, and rooted in the values expressed in our congressional charter: “symbolizing and strengthening the fruitful relation between the world of learning and the world of public affairs.” In this spirit, we present On the Horizon – What to Watch in 2022.

Read Africa's section here:

Ethiopia, for years an island of tense stability within the conflict-plagued Horn of Africa, has passed the one-year mark on a war that pits government forces against the country’s ethnic Tigrayan minority, primarily based in Ethiopia’s northern highlands. The conflict, which has reportedly kill...

In "#EndSARS Youth Protests in Nigeria: Lessons and Opportunities for Regional Stability", Richmond Commodore and Osei B...
01/12/2022

In "#EndSARS Youth Protests in Nigeria: Lessons and Opportunities for Regional Stability", Richmond Commodore and Osei Baffour Frimpong assess the lessons the #EndSARS protests offer to other West African countries and highlights potential opportunities for addressing youth grievances in order to mitigate threats to regional
stability.

Read or download here: https://bit.ly/svnpendsars

In "Lessons from Street Protests as a Peacemaking Process", authors Arsène Brice Bado and Philippe Gueu analyze the rela...
01/04/2022

In "Lessons from Street Protests as a Peacemaking Process", authors Arsène Brice Bado and Philippe Gueu analyze the relatively new phenomenon of street protests in Africa and how it differs from similar protests, which have signaled changes in other parts of the world, such as the U.S. civil rights movement.

Read or download here: https://bit.ly/svnplessons
#africa #protests #peacebuilding #peacemaking

Watch the Biennial Lecture and Dialogue of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum featuring H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secret...
12/29/2021
Biennial Lecture and Dialogue of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum

Watch the Biennial Lecture and Dialogue of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum featuring H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat here: https://lnkd.in/gHHnPyit

Secretary-General Mene’s lecture focused on the significance and current state of play of the AfCFTA’s implementation, key challenges facing the AfCFTA, and key opportunities presented by the agreement, including for the way forward on U.S.-African economic engagement and growth.

The AfCFTA is poised to transform Africa into the largest free trade zone in the world, connecting a market of more than 1.2 billion people and a combined GD...

12/22/2021

NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 31: Wilson Center Africa Program Internship (Spring 2022)

The goal of the Africa Program Capacity Building Internship Program is to develop and build the professional capacities of the next generation of Africanists.

Interns provide support for the day-to-day operations of the Africa Program, gaining professional experience with administration and logistics, research and writing, and social media and communications. Interns work closely with the Africa Program Director and staff on all aspects of the Africa Program’s work and activities.

For more info and to apply: https://bit.ly/AFRinterns

"Evidently, the new malaria vaccine is projected to save lives, but governments should strive to attain more effective m...
12/17/2021
Vaccine Brings Hope in Relieving the Burden of Malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa | Africa Up Close

"Evidently, the new malaria vaccine is projected to save lives, but governments should strive to attain more effective malaria preventatives, diagnostics, and treatment measures."

Read more on the malaria vaccine here: https://bit.ly/malaria_vaccine

The long fight against malaria has hit a turning point and a new sense of hope has arrived, as the World Health Organization approved the first malaria vaccine on October 6, 2021. Malaria is a vector-borne, life-threatening disease which occurs most commonly in tropical and subtropical areas in the....

“While we will never know if Sankara’s efforts would have ultimately jump-started Burkina Faso’s economy, we do know tha...
12/10/2021
Thomas Sankara’s Lost Legacy | Africa Up Close

“While we will never know if Sankara’s efforts would have ultimately jump-started Burkina Faso’s economy, we do know that his initiatives appear similar to a package of pro-women reforms that were launched more than two decades earlier in Tunisia.”

Read more on the Africa Up Close blog site:

This blog was originally posted on NewSecurityBeat, a blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center.

Following The Democracy Summit?"Lonely at the Barricades: How to Strengthen the Global Defense of Democracy" is a collec...
12/09/2021
Lonely at the Barricades: How to Strengthen the Global Defense of Democracy

Following The Democracy Summit?
"Lonely at the Barricades: How to Strengthen the Global Defense of Democracy" is a collection of essays from international intellectuals that reflect on the continuing significance of democracy around the world.

Read here:

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, democracy advocates were already sounding alarms about a global “democratic recession.” In maps charting freedom in the world, the various shades of authoritarianism had been spreading ominously. Freedom House has recorded an annual decline in global freedom for 1...

On December 14, 2021, the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum will host an event featuring H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretar...
12/07/2021
Biennial Lecture and Dialogue of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum

On December 14, 2021, the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum will host an event featuring H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.

Join us for this live webcast by registering here: https://bit.ly/BCMLecture2021

On December 14, 2021, the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum will host an event featuring H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.

Join us Monday, December 6 at 8:00 AM ET for “Mayors Delivering Democracy Daily,” as part of the Summit for Democracy. C...
12/04/2021
Mayors Delivering Democracy Daily

Join us Monday, December 6 at 8:00 AM ET for “Mayors Delivering Democracy Daily,” as part of the Summit for Democracy. Click here to RSVP and for more information:

The live event webcast will appear on this webpage promptly at 8:00 am ET. If it does not immediately appear on the webpage, please refresh your screen at 8:00 am.

Please join us for the inaugural Biennial Lecture and Dialogue of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum on December ...
12/02/2021
Biennial Lecture and Dialogue of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum

Please join us for the inaugural Biennial Lecture and Dialogue of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum on December 14, 2021 featuring H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.

This live, webcasted event will assess the significance and status of the AfCFTA; discuss key challenges in the road ahead; and, more importantly, highlight opportunities AfCFTA presents for Africa and its international partners to boost trade and investment and foster sustainable economic growth.

Register here: https://bit.ly/BCMLecture2021

On December 14, 2021, the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum will host an event featuring H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.

We are looking for our next stellar group of Wilson Center Africa Program Interns!The goal of the Africa Program Capacit...
12/01/2021
Africa Program Capacity Building Internship Program

We are looking for our next stellar group of Wilson Center Africa Program Interns!

The goal of the Africa Program Capacity Building Internship Program is to develop and build the professional capacities of the next generation of Africanists.

It does so by bringing in a diverse pool of interns from colleges and universities across the United States to support the mission and work of the Africa Program, while exposing them to careers in international public policy and research, boosting their professional skills, and providing them with mentorship opportunities.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/AFRinterns

Please review the instructions and download the application form below to apply for the Africa Program Internship Program.

In case you missed it: The #YALI4Ag Event highlighted YALI innovations and achievements in the agricultural sector and p...
11/18/2021

In case you missed it: The #YALI4Ag Event highlighted YALI innovations and achievements in the agricultural sector and provided practical ideas and recommendations for boosting food security and youth engagement in the face of climate change. Watch here: https://bit.ly/yali4ag

Former Africa Program Global Fellow, Terence McNamee writes on the passing of F.W. de Klerk, who served as state preside...
11/17/2021
The Passing of the Last Leader of Apartheid South Africa, F.W. de Klerk | Africa Up Close

Former Africa Program Global Fellow, Terence McNamee writes on the passing of F.W. de Klerk, who served as state president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994 and as deputy president from 1994 to 1996. https://bit.ly/fedeklerk

Nothing new was expected of de Klerk when he became President of South Africa in 1989. A member of the ultra-conservative “Dopper” wing of the Dutch Reformed Church, he progressed through the strict rites of passage common to Apartheid leaders–membership of the Voortrekkers, the Federation of ...

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan revealed a new initiative, the promotion of defense contracts involving the sale ...
11/15/2021
Turkish Drones in Africa: A Risky Turn in Turkey’s Africa Policy | Africa Up Close

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan revealed a new initiative, the promotion of defense contracts involving the sale of Turkish-made, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the African countries he visited in October. Read more here: https://bit.ly/turkishdrones

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan concluded yet another trip to Africa on October 17 this time to Angola, Togo, and Nigeria. Having visited 30 African countries so far, he is far ahead of other non-African leaders, including past ones, in terms of the number of countries on the continent he ha...

We had a wonderful meeting of minds with our friends at YALI TVto discuss initiatives on how to showcase and inspire and...
11/09/2021

We had a wonderful meeting of minds with our friends at YALI TV
to discuss initiatives on how to showcase and inspire and young Africans across the continent through digital and traditional media.

We also reflected on our collaboration for the informative YALI 10 Summit, which celebrated 10 years of YALI and looked ahead to the next 10 years.

Through five days of substantive sessions, networking opportunities, entertainment, and an Expo, the Summit convened YALI alumni and Network members, U.S. and African policymakers, and subject-matter experts to discuss many of the most pressing issues and promising opportunities facing Africa and the role that YALI has played, and will continue to play, in shaping Africa’s future. Over 5,000 participants engaged in fruitful and thought-provoking discussions with more than 100 speakers on a wide range of timely topics and nearly 300 vendors from U.S. and African organizations.

You can watch the summit FREE here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzM1iiQhVrdE3zjAtP0Cn5UHVIlHeCXJh

One of our most read publications last month was Ayesha Imam's "Women, Muslim Laws and Human Rights in Nigeria"Read here...
11/02/2021
Women, Muslim Laws and Human Rights in Nigeria

One of our most read publications last month was Ayesha Imam's "Women, Muslim Laws and Human Rights in Nigeria"

Read here:
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/women-muslim-laws-and-human-rights-nigeria

This keynote address was presented by distinguished feminist scholar, Ayesha Imam, coordinator of the Nigerian women's rights organization BAOBOB, at a forum hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center's Africa Program and Middle East Project on Women, Islam and Human Rights in Africa, on Sept...

"As [2022 Kenyan] election activities heat up, we are witnessing increased ethnic polarization veiled as political persu...
11/01/2021
Peacebuilding and the Political Economy of Representation in Kenya’s 2022 Elections

"As [2022 Kenyan] election activities heat up, we are witnessing increased ethnic polarization veiled as political persuasion with economic undertones and fear of conflict." Read more from the new #AfricaUpClose blog here: https://bit.ly/politicalkenya

As Kenya approaches the highly charged 2022 elections, peacebuilders face a growing challenge on how to make peacebuilding known, accessible, and actionable in an objective and informative manner through scientific inquiry or research. As election activities heat up, we are witnessing increased ethn...

As we approach the new year, it’s not too late to read our Africa Year in Review for 2020, which recaps some of the bigg...
11/01/2021
Africa: Year in Review 2020

As we approach the new year, it’s not too late to read our Africa Year in Review for 2020, which recaps some of the biggest topics, impacts, and events in Africa.

Read here:
https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/africa-year-review-2020

The Wilson Center Africa Program continued its annual tradition of asking policymakers, scholars, practitioners, and stakeholders to examine the top developments in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations for 2020. Our contributors responded with the brief and insightful essays in this volume.

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The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance understanding about Africa in the United States.

The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.

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Dear Nation Builders and Global Leaders: Our Appreciation and Thanks to Africa Program--Woodrow Wilson International Center for this Update. The spread of COVID-19 and subsequent move of much public and private sector work—including governments, businesses, and schools—to the digital space has exposed the global digital divide, in which millions still lack access to affordable or reliable internet and digital services. Africa has the highest global growth rate for internet use and connectivity, a young, connected population, and is home to one of the world’s most successful digital financial services innovations, M-pesa. Still, much of the continent falls short in internet pe*******on, speed, affordability, and government investment. Forward Together in Nation Building. Rev. Philip Fred KATO, Missiologist, Development Economist, Cultural Anthropologist. Email: [email protected].
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