U.S. policy toward Africa has been on autopilot for much of the past four years, following a laundry list of good intentions that established priorities for Africa’s well-being and U.S. security interests. However, a truly sustainable and forward-looking U.S. policy toward Africa should refocus attention on Africa’s opportunity as an economic powerhouse of the future, a strategy that combines both domestic self-interest and an opportunity to help Africa move forward.
Long before it came to the Arab world, spring swept through sub-Saharan Africa. In 1990, Mozambique drafted its first multiparty, democratic constitution. The next year saw multiparty elections in what had been one-party states in Benin, Gabon, and Zambia, as well as the overthrow of Mali’s dictator and, subsequently, the election of new leaders. Every succeeding year brought new steps forward for democracy—in Ghana, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo in 1992, and elsewhere on the continent in subsequent years. The world only paid attention when South Africa joined the ranks of democratic nations in 1994.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 800 women die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in developing countries, with higher rates for women living in rural areas and among poorer communities.
On December 20, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution “Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations.” This resolution is a very important step in the history of the women’s movement in the MENA region, especially at a time when women’s role and rights are being marginalized in a number of Arab countries.
Southern Voices in the Northern Policy Debate: Perspectives on Conflicts and Conflict Resolution in AfricaJun 08, 2012
What are the important areas of divergence and convergence in the approaches to African conflict resolution and peace building between the North and Africa?
Agriculture and energy production play an enormous roles in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This paper provides detailed analysis on the food and energy crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa through the glasses of African stakeholders.
Africa and Twenty-First Century Development Challenges: The North-South Development Agenda ReconsideredJun 08, 2012
There is much debate today about North versus South development schemes and frameworks. What is effective? What works best in which context?
How can Africa prevent the exportation of its educated citizens? This paper attempts to answer this very question through examination of what is meant by “brain drain,” followed by analyzing the hard facts, significance and consequences for the continent.
Climate change technology transfer has been included in several plans and programs with the aim of bridging the gap between industrialized countries and the developing world.
Africa on the Move!: The Role of Political Will and Community in Improving Access to Family Planning in AfricaJun 07, 2012
This paper presents a compelling study that examines factors which have propelled the change in attitudes of political leaders to champion family planning in Africa.