The Africa Program, established at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1999, is focused on engaging and informing the policy community in Washington on Africa and issues of mutual interest to that continent and the United States. Its core mission of promoting high-level dialogue among policymakers, diplomats, non-governmental organizations, experts, field practitioners, and academic specialists on both African issues and U.S. policy toward Africa leverages the Woodrow Wilson Center’s visibility, stature and convening authority. This is accomplished through a variety of programs and projects, including seminars, symposia, conferences, publications, research projects, public and media outreach, and on-the-ground training workshops in select post-conflict countries in Africa. While the Africa Program covers all of Africa, individual states, regional economic commissions, and the Africa Union, certain compelling issues demand center stage in our activities.
With the support of the World Bank’s Post Conflict Fund, the Africa Program launched a major capacity building initiative in Burundi, designed to increase the ability of the country’s leadership to advance the post-war transition and economic reconstruction. The strategies and techniques developed in Burundi are now being adapted to conflict and post-conflict situations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and other countries world wide.
The Africa Program's work is overseen by an Advisory Council composed of experts, scholars, business leaders, and diplomats.