West Africa Events

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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.
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Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV in Married Adolescents

July 30, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In July, thousands of people attended the 20th International AIDS Conference and the 2014 Girls Summit to work towards an AIDS-free generation and ending child and forced marriage. But such attention is rare; by and large, these girls are invisible to development efforts.

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.

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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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.

CANCELLED: European Union - United States Partnership in Africa: An EU Rendez-Vous Event

October 10, 2013 // 12:00pm5:45pm
Africa Program
Please note that this consultation has been CANCELLED due to the government shutdown. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
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Tailored to Fit: Programming for the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs and Rights of Young Women

September 17, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The first time Almaz, a teenager living in rural southern Ethiopia, went to the crowded health care clinic in her village to get contraception, she was told they only helped older women with children. The second time, she waited hours only to find out that her preferred method of contraception was out of stock and she would have to return another day.
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Oysters, Octopus, and Resilience

July 26, 2013 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Growing awareness of the connected challenges of natural resource management, economic growth, and human health has encouraged more integrated models of international development. The experience of two organizations – TRY Oyster Women’s Association, based in The Gambia, and Blue Ventures, based in Madagascar – demonstrates the success of a community-based approach to building resilience.
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A Briefing by The Honorable Djibrill Bassolé: Updates on the Sahel Security Situation and Presidential Elections in Mali

July 12, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Africa Program
Foreign Minister Bassolé discussed recent developments in the Sahel and Sahara region, as well as the Ouagadougou Agreement that set the Presidential elections in Mali for July 28.
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Women as Agents of Change: Traditional Practices and Community-Based Social Change in Ethiopia

June 20, 2013 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Africa Program
Dr. Bogaletch Gebre is the recipient of this year's King Badouin African Development Prize. She is a passionate women’s rights activist from Ethiopia and has been recognized for her efforts to transform the lives of women through innovation and altering traditional conceptions of a woman’s role in shaping her political, economic, and social destiny.

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