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Africa in Transition | Investing in Youth for Economic Prosperity

“African countries are not in the middle of one transition, they are in the midst of several transitions,” said Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor and Chair of the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, at a recent Wilson Center event on demographic trends on the continent, and investing in youth to ensure economic prosperity. “All of these transitions are an opportunity for prosperity, an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to build human capital,” said Eloundou-Enyugue.

Fighting for Peace in Somalia: A History and Analysis of the African Union Mission (AMISOM), 2007-2017

Fighting for Peace in Somalia provides the first comprehensive analysis of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), an operation deployed in 2007 to stabilize the country and defend its fledgling government from one of the world's deadliest militant organizations, Harakat al-Shabaab.

Reforming the African Union for Financial Independence, Sustainability, and Effectiveness: A Discussion with the African Union High Representative for Financing of the Union and Peace Fund

On October 16, 2017, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a discussion on “Reforming the African Union for Financial Independence, Sustainability and Effectiveness” with Dr. Donald Kaberuka, the African Union High Representative for Financing of the Union and Peace Fund. This discussion centered around the key role that the African Union (AU) and its predecessor, the Organization for African Unity, has played in establishing democratic norms and promoting peace and security on the continent.

Regional Integration in Africa

How can West African nations increase utilization of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)? George Boateng believes that an appropriate policy framework that promotes better regional integration and trade will provide a big part of the answer to that question. He shares his insights in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Visits the Wilson Center

On October 10, 2014, Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Wilson Center Africa Program, welcomed H. E. Erastus J.O. Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union to the Woodrow Wilson Center. They discussed key issues in U.S.-Africa relations as well as partnership and collaborative opportunities between the African Union and the Wilson Center. Topics of discussion included: the way hhead for the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA); post-U.S.-African Leaders Summit follow-up and actions; African security, trade, and investment and development; and the African Union's Agenda 2063.

What Next for US-Africa Engagement?

From August 4-6, 2014, the Obama Administration hosted the first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington, DC. Over 50 African Heads of State attended with a goal of strengthening US-Africa engagement. The Africa Program and its colleagues provided daily coverage of the event from a variety of perspectives, delving into what the summit means for US-Africa relations going forward. Check out the links below for more:

Reflections on the Summit: Whither US-Africa Relations?

The recently concluded US-Africa Leaders Summit, which was held from August 4-6, 2014 and whose main theme was "Investing in the Next Generation," was an opportunity to discuss key issues and define a way forward for US-Africa relations. The gathering was historic. It was the first-ever US-Africa Summit since most African countries gained their independence some fifty years ago.