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2015 Southern Voices Network Conference, Washington D.C.

The last week of May the Africa program hosted this year's annual Southern Voices Network Conference. Representatives of many different members of the Southern Voices Network gathered for four days at the Wilson Center to engage in discussion on contemporary issues in Africa as well as the work of each of their respective organizations.

The participants in the 2015 Southern Voices Network Conference with Africa Program staff at the Wilson Center

At the 2015 annual Southern Voices Network Conference from May 26 to 29, the Africa Program hosted representatives from member organizations of the Southern Voices Network from countries including Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Côte d'Ivoire, and South Africa. The conference theme was "Peacebuilding, Development, and the New Economic Paradigm in Africa." Conference participants gathered for four days at the Wilson Center to discuss contemporary issues in Africa including peacebuilding, health care, technology, women's rights, democracy, and governance, as well as to share the work of their respective organizations. Participants engaged in workshops on social media and writing for a policy audience, presented papers on a variety of topics related to the conference theme, and learned more about American culture by exploring the Washington D.C. area.

The Southern Voices Network (SVN) is a continent-wide network of African policy and research organizations that works with the Africa Program to bring African analyses and perspectives to key issues in U.S.-Africa relations. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York since 2011, the project provides avenues for African researchers to engage with, inform, and exchange perspectives with U.S. and international policymakers in order to develop the most appropriate, cohesive, and inclusive policy frameworks for the issues of peacebuilding and state-building in Africa. For more information about the Southern Voices Network, see here.

The Southern Voices Network (SVN) is a continent-wide network of African policy and research organizations that works with the Africa Program to bring African analyses and perspectives to key issues in U.S.-Africa relations. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York since 2011, the project provides avenues for African researchers to engage with, inform, and exchange perspectives with U.S. and international policymakers in order to develop the most appropriate, cohesive, and inclusive policy frameworks for the issues of peacebuilding and state-building in Africa. For more information about the Southern Voices Network, see here. - See more at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/2016-southern-voices-network-conference#sthash.WqfbYkhu.dpuf


Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more