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

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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South Africa at 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy

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June 24, 2014 // 2:25pm5:50pm
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. more

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

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June 17, 2014 // 10:00am11:30am
In recent years, Africa has seen an alarming rise in religious extremist groups, from Boko Haram in Nigeria to opposing groups Anti-Balaka and Seleka in the Central African Republic to Al-Shebaab in Kenya and Somalia. While both latent and blatant religious tensions have been present in several African societies, the violent tactics that are being adopted by these groups threaten stability in the country and contribute to ongoing conflict. more

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