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.
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 // 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 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.
September 17, 2012 // 2:00pm — 4:00pm
With the Africa’s leverage in foreign affairs changing, Africans living outside of their home countries and communities of African descent have an unprecedented opportunity to affect the manner in which their host governments interact with these emerging states.
September 04, 2012 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Concerned for the future of his country, and dedicated to peace and democracy, Rudwan attended a peaceful demonstration on July 3rd to protest the Sudanese government’s recent austerity policies, and ongoing violence in the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, and Darfur. Subsequently, Rudwan was arrested, beaten until unconscious, tortured, charged with terrorism, and retained in prison for 44 days.
August 29, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:30am
Since April 2012, a group of rebel forces calling themselves the March 23 Movement (M23) has engaged in violence with the Congolese national army, or FARDC. Not only has the insurgency led to constantly rising death tolls, but it has also heightened tensions between Great Lakes countries concerning North Kivu's porous borders and the authors of this violence.
August 22, 2012 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Nigeria, a country of vast potential, is beset with enormous development challenges regarding governance, economic growth, and security.
August 14, 2012 // 9:30am — 11:00am
It is crucial for the international community to understand the implications of attacks on civil society for the development of democratic governance in these countries and, more importantly, to identify effective ways to respond to them.
July 16, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:00am
Bedeviled by chronic food shortages, facing a current drought that will exacerbate that situation, and subject to dislocation due to conflict between various rebel movements, the civilian population of the Sahel is in a state of extreme vulnerability.