Africa News


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.

Urban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, and Inclusion

Feb 19, 2015
On January 26, 2015, the top three winning authors of the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Urban Poverty Paper Competition presented their work at a seminar sponsored by the Wilson Center in collaboration with USAID, International Housing Coalition, World Bank, Cities Alliance. Students were paired with experienced urban professionals who commented on students’ research.

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

Feb 18, 2015
The Wilson Center and the George Washington University seek applications from Ph.D. students from the US and abroad working on international relations and modern history for the 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR)

Food Security & Population Dynamics in the Sahel

Feb 06, 2015
Africa’s Sahel region is one of the most harsh environments on the planet with one of the highest birth rates as well. Food security, particularly when combined with population dynamics and the impact of climate change, is a monumental challenge. The Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza just returned from Niger, where he met with experts from a variety of countries for the purpose of identifying what works and what doesn’t. We discuss what he learned in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.