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Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Women's Leadership and Economic Empowerment as Key Drivers of Global Development

Though women make up half the world’s population, deeply entrenched cultural and structural barriers keep them from reaching the top levels of leadership across both the public and private sectors. This lack of female representation is not only detrimental to the way women are viewed and treated in the world; it is an overall drag on global development, which would be better served with a diverse set viewpoints at the highest levels of decision-making. Meaningful and lasting change is possible only if women can have a seat at the table. 

Purifying the Land of the Pure: A History of Pakistan’s Religious Minorities

When Pakistan emerged as an independent state in 1947, it sought to provide a new homeland and safe harbor for South Asia's Muslims, the largest religious minority in the subcontinent at the time. Yet this project was not exclusive. Taking its name from Pakstan, an acronym composed of the key letters of its constituent regions-Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh, and Baluchistan-Pakistan at first welcomed all of its new citizens, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Non-Muslims comprised 23 percent of the total population, and non-Sunnis comprised a quarter of the Muslim population.

Boosting Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in Africa: A Case Study of Ghana

On September 7, 2017, The Wilson Center Africa Program hosted Mr. Francis Abebrese, an Economic and Research Analyst at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and a Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar with the Africa Program and Dr. Tewodaj Mogues, Senior Research Fellow for the Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to discuss agricultural productivity and public financing for agriculture in Africa, focusing on Ghana as a case study.

Saving for a Rainless Day: Microfinancing for Resilience

“The sooner you save, the better off you’ll be in life, wherever you live, at whatever age you start,” said Sophie Romana, director of community finance at Oxfam America: “Saving is the key.” Microsavings groups—informal community-based financial pools--can help vulnerable communities build resilience, said representatives from support organizations CARE International, Oxfam America, and the Grameen Foundation  at a Wilson Center event on June 29, 2017.

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