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Conflict, Governance, and Agriculture in the Central African Republic

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar Paterne Mombe. Mombe discusses the impact the five-year conflict in the Central African Republic has had on subsistence farmer’s food production, exacerbating rampant poverty among rural populations. He also describes how revitalizing the agricultural sector is a possible key to sustaining peace building efforts in the Central African Republic as well as throughout Africa.

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Africa in Transition: The Role of Women in Peace and Security

A country can achieve sustainable peace and security only if women are included, said Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program at a recent Wilson Center event

Building Peace in the Central African Republic: The Role of Agricultural Extension Services

On October 21, 2019 the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted the event “Building Peace in the Central African Republic: The Role of Agricultural Extension Services.” Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program moderated the event. The event featured Fr. Paterne Auxence Mombe, current Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Scholar at the Wilson Center, and Ph.D. student, Tangaza University, Nairobi, Kenya; Dr. Jessica Anderson, Conflict Advisor, Center for Resilience, U.S. Agency for International Development; and, Mr.

Hidden Forces: The Role of Water in Economic Prosperity

“If you woke up one morning and found the taps in your house were dry, the first thing many of us here would do is pick up our phone and call the utility,” said Gordon Mumbo, Team Leader for Sustainable Water for the Mara River Basin, Winrock International. But for people living in the Mara River Basin, if their taps run dry, there is no utility to call, said Mumbo.

Community Health Matters in the Journey to Self-Reliance

“We recognize that what we’re talking about is a journey, but we also recognize that people have dreams for themselves and what this is about is helping them achieve those dreams,” said Ellen Starbird, Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID, at a recent Wilson Center event about the importance of community health systems, with a particular focus on voluntary family planning and infectious disease prevention.

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.

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