Southern Africa Events

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Africa's Stalled Fertility Transition: Causes, Cures, and Consequences?

October 15, 2014 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
When high birth rates decline and youthful age structures become more mature, many developing countries have a window of opportunity for accelerated development that can result in improvements in education, health, and rapid economic growth. However, while fertility rates around the world have fallen drastically over the last century, they remain high in many African countries, with very slow declines in some and completely stalled levels in others. What has caused this trend, and what will be its impact on the health, environment, economic growth, and political stability of the continent?
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Scaling Up or Expanding Out? What Happens When Development Programs Grow

October 14, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In the field of integrated development, scaling up is often a benchmark of success – but what does scaling up actually look like? For population, health, and environment (PHE) programs, local context matters, and successes from one community may not be immediately replicable in another. In those cases, is it realistic to aim for scaling up? Or is another benchmark needed? Could resilience offer a new framework to help practitioners plan for growing PHE programs?
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Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats

August 20, 2014 // 10:00am1:00pm
Africa Program
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.

Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

July 08, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Africa Program
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.
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South Africa at 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy

June 24, 2014 // 2:25pm5:50pm
Africa Program
This year, South Africa is celebrating 20th anniversary of its first general elections when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency ending the scourge of apartheid. This milestone anniversary is an occasion to reflect on the impressive accomplishments of South African democracy and economy since 1994, ponder key challenges facing the country today and in the years ahead, and also think about South Africa's place in Africa and globally.

Religious violence in sub-Saharan Africa and the future of the secular state

June 17, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
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.
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The Democratic Alternative from the South: India, Brazil, and South Africa

May 20, 2014 // 11:00am12:30pm
Brazil Institute
The Brazil Institute, the Africa Program, and the Asia Program will be convene a panel of experts on May 20th to discuss case studies of successful democratic transitions in the global South.
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Why Do People Move? Research on Environmental Migration Coming of Age

May 14, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
When she finished her dissertation on migration as a response to climate change in 2003, it was one of only a handful of scholarly papers published on the topic that year, said Susana Adamo, an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network. But in the decade since, interest in climate migration has exploded – in 2012, more than 10 times as many papers were published.
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From Victoria to Chilwa: Integrated Development in Two African Lake Basins

February 10, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In Lake Victoria and Lake Chilwa basins, interconnected development challenges defy sectoral boundaries, said experts at the Wilson Center on February 10. According to Deepa Pullanikkatil of Leadership for Environment and Development and Doreen Othero of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, growing populations, shrinking resource bases, and persistent human health concerns demonstrate the need for integrated development approaches that combine population, health, and environmental (PHE) interventions. “We need different sectors working together to achieve the greater goal,” said Pullanikkatil.
Podcast

South Africa after Mandela: The Legacy and the Reality

December 17, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Africa Program
Nelson Mandela was one of the most respected political leaders the world has seen for a reason: he helped take South Africa through a remarkable period encompassing the end of apartheid and the first democratic election. How is the country moving ahead in the post-Mandela era? What is his legacy for reconciliation, democracy, the rule of law through a strong constitution? And what will become of the ANC now that its great generation is passing from the stage?

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