About the Africa Program

Consistent with its mission to promote dialogue on Africa policy and African issues between the scholarly and policy making communities, the Africa Program hosts public meetings, conferences, and forums featuring heads of states and other leaders from Africa, as well as American, European, and African experts.  The African focus is on current conflict zones, such as Sudan, the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Niger Delta of Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire and Kenya, and on overarching policy issues such as trade, governance, the development of the state capacity, information and communications technology, development, drug trafficking and regional economic integration.more


 

The Latest from the Africa Program

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Underage: Addressing Reproductive Health and HIV in Married Adolescents

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July 30, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Across the developing world, some 70 million girls under the age of 18 are married. Join USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, the International Center for Research on Women, CARE, and Pathfinder International as they present findings on their work with married adolescent girls living in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, West Africa, and other low-resource regions. more

Beyond Gender Quotas in African Politics: How to Deliver on Women's Issues in Africa

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July 24, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
Despite an increase in the number of women in decision making positions across the African continent, there still exist numerous concerns on the delivery of women's issues once these leaders enter into office. more

Gender Mainstreaming in African Armed Forces

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June 23, 2014 // 10:00amJune 27, 2014 // 2:00pm
Africa Program Director Dr. Monde Muyangwa recently discussed gender mainstreaming in African armed forces at a Regional Gender Mainstreaming Seminar hosted by the Namibian Defense Force and co-sponsored by US Africa Command and US Army Africa in Windhoek, Namibia from 23-27 June, 2014. Representatives from Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Zambia, and the African Union attended the seminar, which brought regional leaders together to share lessons and impart best practices on the role that leadership can play in enhancing gender mainstreaming in the armed forces. more

Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

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July 08, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
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. more

Africa's Youth and Innovation Potential for Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development

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June 26, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
On Thursday, June 26th the Africa Program hosted a panel made up of Ernest Acheampong, a Southern Voices Scholar and Researcher at the African Technology Policy Network, and Sarah Sladen, a Senior Manager of International Youth Development at InterAction. Both speakers discussed issues related to Africa’s youth, development, and educational policy. The discussion was moderated by the Africa Program’s Public Policy Scholar, Steve McDonald. more

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