West Africa Events
May 01, 2013 // 10:15am — 2:30pm
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
On May 1, African women and youth leaders discussed their experiences harnessing technology and developing innovative ideas to overcome everyday issues and provide solutions for social resilience and sustainability. Watch the webcast here and an event summary will be available shortly.
April 30, 2013 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In Ghana and the Philippines – countries where more than half of the population is under the age of 25 – two programs are teaching youth to play a critical role in their families, health, and community development. Leslie Mwinnyaa and Joan Castro discuss the innovative youth peer educator efforts of the Hen Mpoano Project in Ghana and EMPOWER in the Philippines.
April 26, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Contrary to the deadly and deeply troubling situation in northern Nigeria and parts of the Middle Belt, ongoing insecurity, abductions, and politically-motivated violence in the oil-producing Niger Delta, a hotbed of unrest and instability just a few years ago, seems to be abating.
April 25, 2013 // 8:00am — 10:00am
On Thursday, April 25, House and Senate Members gathered in the Member’s Room of the Library of Congress for the first in a series of policy breakfasts on Africa-focused issues.
April 16, 2013 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Africa is an opportunity for expanding mutually beneficial partnerships and for growth. America should be investing more in the continent, helping to build infrastructure and relationships in these emerging markets, contributing to the stability and security of the region and making diplomatic gains that can pay dividends later.
January 16, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Ambassador Carson reviewed the progress the United States and Africa have made together over the last four years in addressing Africa’s challenges and unlocking the continent’s potential, and will look ahead to some of the challenges Africa will face going forward.
January 09, 2013 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
This discussion highlighted new research which suggested that the continent could generate an extra US$20 billion in yearly earnings if African leaders can agree to dismantle trade barriers that blunt more regional dynamism.
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 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 08, 2012 // 2:30pm — 4:00pm
In 2011, the Federal Republic of Nigeria held presidential and parliamentary elections which were widely deemed successful by international standards. However, the post-election violence that erupted after the results were announced indicated societal rifts that may pose challenges for Africa’s most populous country and the importance of beginning preparations for the 2015 election immediately.