Book Launch: The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Former Soviet Union
December 04, 2012 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
The launch of a new book on arguably one of the world's most underreported trends: The acquisition, by nations and private investors, of vast expanses of precious farmland overseas.
November 29, 2012 // 5:00pm — 6:00pm
The event featured Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, African Union Commission Chairperson, as she discussed her leadership plans and goals for the African Union and its member states. Dr. Dlamini Zuma, former South African Foreign Minister and anti-apartheid activist, is the newly elected African Union Commission chairperson and is the first woman to ever fill this position.
November 28, 2012 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
This event was a frank conversation regarding the positive and negative aspects of these deals on the macro and micro level in Sub-Saharan Africa, considering 70% of contemporary large-scale land acquisitions are based in this region.
November 13, 2012 // 10:30am — 12:00pm
The IMF Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, launched in Tokyo on October 12, 2012, highlights that economic conditions in the region have remained generally robust against the backdrop of a sluggish global economy. The near-term outlook for the region is also broadly positive: growth is projected at 5¼ percent a year through 2012–13. However, there is considerable diversity within the region, with low income countries and oil producers currently faring better than middle income countries closely linked to European markets.
November 02, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:30am
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Recognizing a need to strengthen the ties between urban policymaking and scholarly work on urban development, and to disseminate evidence-based programming, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID’s Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance, and the World Bank co-sponsored a third annual academic paper competition, "Reducing Urban Poverty." Join us in a discussion with four of the winning authors as they receive commentary on their work by expert practitioners from the field.
October 22, 2012 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Increased interest in public and private investments in the African agricultural sector has raised concern over how such investments will benefit smallholder farmers. This discussion will explore how best to develop “responsible investments” that are profitable for international private investors as well as for local farmers, businesses and governments.
October 09, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“When I embarked on this series, I approached it as an environmental reporter: What does a growing number of us and growing consumption mean for our planet?” said Los Angeles Times reporter Ken Weiss at the Wilson Center on October 9. Weiss, along with photographer Rick Loomis, recently completed a five-part series and multimedia presentation on global population that was the culmination of a year of research and travel through more than six countries.
October 09, 2012 // 8:30am — 1:30pm
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Wilson Center are working in conjunction to put on a conference discussing the process, mechanisms, and challenges that face the establishment of a democracy in Ethiopia.
September 27, 2012 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Maternal Health Initiative
Obstetric fistula is “not just a medical issue, but a human issue,” said Dr. Luc de Bernis, senior maternal health advisor at UNFPA, during a September 27 panel discussion at the Wilson Center. Obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal that can develop between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum during prolonged labor without proper medical intervention, is preventable and treatable but continues to affect more than two million women worldwide, mostly in developing countries where women lack access to cesarean services. Women stricken with it face severe pain and suffering, social stigmatization, and usually give birth to a stillborn child.
September 20, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:30am
Established in 2009, the annual CSO Sustainability Index for Sub-Saharan Africa (Africa CSOSI) relies on local CSO practitioners to assess the sustainability of the CSO sector in 23 selected African countries, based on seven dimensions: advocacy, financial viability, infrastructure, legal environment, organizational capacity, public image, and service provision. This event, entitled “A Comparative Analysis of Government/Civil Society Relations” will explore the report’s findings for the year 2011.