Community Health Matters in the Journey to Self-Reliance

Community health affects the stability of nations and the prosperity of families. Access to health services and family planning empower community members and help communities thrive. Strong community health systems have proven successful in reaching remote and underserved populations. Since 2012, the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project has worked in 40 countries to improve community health systems, with particular focus on family planning and infectious disease prevention. 


Sherri Goodman Testifies Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on How Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Security

On April 2, 2019, Environmental Change & Security Program and Polar Institute Senior Fellow Sherri Goodman testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on "How Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Security." Her testimony touched on the Asia-Pacific region, the Arctic, China, Russia, water vulnerabilties in the Middle East and Africa, and military readiness.

Africa in Transition | Investing in Youth for Economic Prosperity

Africa is at a crossroads—and which road its leaders take will shape the lives of billions of people, not only in Africa but also beyond its borders. Often overlooked, population trends play a significant role in Sub-Saharan Africa’s chances for prosperity. Between 15 and 20 million young people are expected to join the African workforce every year for the next three decades. Investing in the health and education of these young people, and providing opportunities for employment, will be essential to ensuring a positive future marked by economic prosperity and stability in the region.

25 Years since Cairo: Making ICPD25 Relevant to Young People

“The ICPD (International Conference on Population and Development) Programme of Action is a promise. A promise that was made 25 years ago to young people, the intention of which was to give young people hope—hope that their rights, their needs, and their demands would be met,” said Kobe Smith, Vice President of the Youth Advocacy Movement at International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region, at a recent Wilson Center event.

Feeding a Thirsty World: Harnessing the Connections Between Food and Water Security

“Food production is the largest consumer of water and also represents the largest unknown factor of future water use as the world’s population continues to balloon, and we face increasing weather-related shocks and stresses,” said Laura Schulz, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment.

Africa Program Director Meets with the African Development Bank’s African Development Institute

Saving Mothers, Giving Life: It Takes a System to Save a Mother

“Saving Mothers, Giving Life has undeniably raised the bar in how we address maternal perinatal mortality,” said Dr.

What Sudan’s Uprisings Say About the Nation’s Past — and the Arab World’s Future

The Arab Spring’s legacy is proving to be irrepressible. Since mid-December, protesters in Sudan have been demonstrating in increasing numbers across the economically strapped country. They have been calling for an end to 30 years of repressive rule by Gen. Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan was a template for a successful Arab mass revolt.

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

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.