Africa News

Strengthening Africa's Security Governance

Jun 05, 2015
Africa Program Global Fellow Dr. James A. Schear analyzes the Security Governance Initiative (SGI) which was announced at last year's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Schear discusses the aspects of the SGI which he foresees as being the most challenging to implement.
The participants in the 2015 Southern Voices Network Conference with Africa Program staff at the Wilson Center

2015 Southern Voices Network Conference, Washington D.C.

Jun 04, 2015
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.

Assessing the Effectiveness of U.S. Sanctions

Apr 28, 2015
In this NOW interview, William Pomeranz and Meg Lundsager discuss the impact, effectiveness, and consequences of U.S. sanctions past and present.

A Conversation with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

Apr 13, 2015
After two terms, Jakaya Kikwete will conclude his time as President of Tanzania later this year. He Visited the Wilson Center for a conversation that included reflection on his time in office, thoughts on Tanzania's progress and challenges, and that also provided a preview of his post-presidency plans. That's the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Nigeria's Moment of Triumph

Apr 13, 2015
"Hundreds of thousands living in violence-prone regions defied extremists and voted. The professionalism, transparency and independence demonstrated by Independent Nigerian Electoral Commission (INEC) provided credibility, in a country where it is usually lacking, and galvanized a fractured country," writes Monde Muyangwa and Raymond Gilpin.

Telling Tales of Complex Connections

Apr 01, 2015
On March 24 we hosted the DC Environmental Film Festival to screen two new documentaries, each telling local stories of global trends. SPSS Blog, the weekly blog of the Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy journal, came to the Wilson Center to cover the event.

Nigeria Beyond the Elections

Mar 16, 2015
"Corruption helps drive inequality. Over 60% of Nigerians live on less than $1 a day, despite Nigeria having Africa’s largest gross domestic product (nearly $510 billion). Unemployment figures are disputed, but a 2013 estimate puts unemployment at 22% and youth unemployment at 38%. As some Nigerians enrich themselves, and as a middle class grows in parts of the country, millions of Nigerians still have no livelihood." writes Alex Thurston.

An Unsung Leader Rewarded

Mar 12, 2015
"Responsible, committed, honest leadership is rare in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, good leadership establishes good governance in the many parts of the developing world (like most of Africa) that do not yet possess fully formed functional political institutions. In too many countries the persons (nearly all men) who preside largely run the show and brush democratic procedures and pieties aside." writes Robert Rotberg.

International Women's Day: Empowering Women in Uganda

Mar 07, 2015
International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and to reflect on the barriers that women have overcome economically, politically, and socially. It is a time when women around the world come together to share stories of empowerment and to encourage others that change is possible. The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute currently taking place in Uganda embodies the definition and the spirit of International Women’s Day. It signifies women working together to achieve parity and demonstrating their dedication to empowering a future generation of women leaders in public service.

Plunder and The Perils of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

Feb 19, 2015
"Zimbabwe is expiring, again. More banks are failing, beer sales – a key indicator – have slumped dramatically since 2013, tourist arrivals are down, and the business confidence index is at lowest ebb since the wildly inflationary days of 2008. Most tellingly, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe in January told civil servants to be patient - he “hoped” that they would soon be paid their monthly wages on a regular basis (something which had not happened often in 2014)" writes Dr. Robert Rotberg, about the plight of Zimbabwe under Mugabe's presidency.