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Key Outcomes from the High-Level Meeting on Sovereign Wealth Funds in Africa: Policies and Best Practices for Securing the Future

Jun 21, 2019
From May 9-10, 2019, the Wilson Center Africa Program and the Government of Botswana co-hosted the high-level meeting on “Sovereign Wealth Funds in Africa: Policies and Best Practices for Securing the Future,” under the banner of the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum. "Key Outcomes from the High-Level Meeting on Sovereign Wealth Funds in Africa: Policies and Best Practices for Securing the Future"—released for the Brown Capital Management Africa Forum high-level meeting on, “Sovereign Wealth Funds in Africa: Policies and Best Practices for Securing the Future,”—highlights the key findings and recommendations from the two-day high-level meeting.

Unpacking the Conflict in Libya

Jun 19, 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 -
10:30 to 12:00
The Wilson Center’s Africa Program and Middle East Program invite you to a briefing with Anas El Gomati, Director of Libya’s first think tank, the Sadeq Insitute, on Tuesday, June 25 from 10:30 am-12:00 pm in the 6th Floor Boardroom at the Wilson Center.

25 Years of Democracy in South Africa

Jun 11, 2019
In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Zintle Koza, a visiting fellow with the Wilson Center’s Africa program. She describes South Africa’s current political and economic landscape twenty-five years after democracy was established.

This Ain’t Your Grand-Daddy’s Africa: Looking Beyond the Challenges to Lock in the Opportunities

May 31, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 -
14:00 to 15:45
Africa is a continent undergoing tremendous transformation across its economic, political, and security landscapes. While challenges remain, Africa’s political and socio-economic trajectories reveal many opportunities as well. Per the IMF, nearly half of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa creating conditions and opportunities for regional integration, domestic economic diversification and growth, and foreign investment. This event unpacked and explored the nature and drivers of Africa’s ongoing transformation, identified some of the key challenges and opportunities related to this transformation, and highlighted strategic points for positive engagement for African leaders, the U.S., and other international partners.

African Women’s Mobilization in Times of Unrest

May 28, 2019
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 -
10:30 to 15:00
On June 5, 2019, the Wilson Center Africa Program partnered with the Women and Peacebuilding in Africa Consortium for a symposium on “African Women’s Mobilization in Times of Unrest.” The symposium consisted of two panel discussions on Women’s Mobilization in the Current Uprisings in Sudan and Algeria and Women Activists’ Informal Peacebuilding Strategies.

Managing Forced Displacement in Africa: How Collective Efforts Can More Effectively Address the Surge of Refugees and Displaced Persons

May 20, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019 -
09:00 to 11:00
Africa hosts more than one-third of the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)—many of whom are fleeing ongoing conflicts in Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, and the Central African Republic. This growing phenomenon impacts not only those fleeing conflict, but also the host communities and countries who now face complex logistical and humanitarian challenges. A comprehensive response to this problem must seek to address root causes, thereby preventing further displacement, and also find durable solutions for the many millions already displaced.

Public Sessions—Sovereign Wealth Funds in Africa: Policies and Best Practices for Securing the Future (Gaborone, Botswana)

May 07, 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 03:00 to Friday, May 10, 2019 - 11:00
In partnership with the Government of Botswana, the first sovereign wealth fund in Africa, the Wilson Center's Brown Capital Management Africa Forum will conduct a high-level meeting from May 9-10, 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana to address the key issues and trends in Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) in Africa.

Sudans Working Group: Facing a Watershed Year in the Sudans—Khartoum Grapples with Unrest; Juba Braces for Transitional Government

Mar 21, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019 -
10:00 to 12:00
The Wilson Center Africa Program’s Sudans Working Group met on Friday, March 15, 2019, for a private roundtable discussion led by co-chairs Ambassador Nureldin Satti and Ambassador Alan Goulty. Mr. Mike Morrow, a Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Wilson Center, offered welcome remarks.

Dr. Monde Muyangwa Provides an Assessment of Africa's Security and Economic Priorities at St. Edward's University

Mar 19, 2019
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Dr. Muyangwa, Africa Program Director, held a presentation at St. Edward's University on “Security and Economic Priorities for Africa: Assessments and Recommendations for Developing United States-Africa Policy.”

Africa Program Hosts a Model United Nations Delegation from Chemnitz University, Germany

Mar 19, 2019
On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a group of 15 students from Chemnitz University in Chemnitz, Germany. The students were participating in a Model United Nations competition in New York where they represented the Republic of Senegal and requested a meeting to hear about the Wilson Center and the Africa Program's work.