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Sub-Saharan Africa: Maintaining Growth in an Uncertain World

The IMF Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, launched in Tokyo on October 12, 2012, highlights that economic conditions in the region have remained generally robust against the backdrop of a sluggish global economy. The near-term outlook for the region is also broadly positive: growth is projected at 5¼ percent a year through 2012–13.

Policy Implications of the Recent Developments in North Kivu

Since April 2012, a group of rebel forces calling themselves the March 23 Movement (M23)  has engaged in violence with the Congolese national army, or FARDC. Not only has the insurgency led to constantly rising death tolls, but it has also heightened tensions between Great Lakes countries concerning North Kivu's porous borders and the authors of this violence. The violence is also linked to the region's vast mineral wealth, making the situation more pressing.

The 11th Civil Society Organization Session of US-Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum

The Civil Society Session of the 2012 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum examined the following issues:  AGOA - Challenges and Opportunities; Civil Society’s Role in Effecting Legislative Reforms that Enhance U.S.

The 3rd Conference: Africa: 54 Countries, One Union


Organized by:

Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson Center;  School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University;  Foundation for World Wide Cooperation

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Stuck: Rwandan Youth and the Struggle For Adulthood

Former Wilson Center fellow Marc Sommers and Mame Khady Diouf. Marc Sommers is a former fellow with the Wilson Centers Africa Program. He's also affiliated with the African Study Center at Boston University. Mame Khady Diouf is former Program Associate with the Wilson Center Africa Program and also with the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity.

Empowering Local Peacebuilders: Strategies for Effective Engagement of Local Actors in Peace Operations

Capacity building, local ownership, and sustainability—loosely captured in the almost cliché term of “empowerment”—have long been core tenets for engaging local actors in traditional development programming. These concepts have received prominence in the discussion of interventions to prevent or resolve conflict and to rebuild societies emerging from conflict.

Moving Targets: Youth Priorities and the Policy Response in War and Post-War Africa

In war and post-war Africa, youth populations are colossal and most governments are weak. The elemental youthfulness of Africa’s war-affected has created a daunting yet virtually overlooked irony: that while youth are demographically dominant, many if not most consider themselves to be members of an outcast minority.

Military Reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The security sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in dire need of reform.  Steve McDonald, director of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program and the Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, spoke of his organization’s work in the Congo and the precipice on which the country stands, stating that “The Wilson Center has long been involved in the eastern Congo, working with the community, government and military leaders to create a platform for reconciliation and to form a cohesive leadership to confront problems of insecurity and lack of governance.”  Cit