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Delivering Solutions: Advancing Dialogue To Improve Maternal Health (Report Launch)

“Throughout the 2009-2011 Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health lecture series, we always heard the same good news: we know how to save the lives of women and girls.

U.S. - African Trade: AGOA 11 Years Out, 4 to Go

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) became law in May, 2000. The Act offers tangible incentives (tariff exemptions, e.g.) for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets. AGOA, which has been amended three times, expires in 2015 and a key provision on fabric imports expires next year unless extended by Congress.

The Congo Crisis, 1960-1961: A Critical Oral History Conference

HAPP is pleased to announce the release of "The Congo Crisis, 1960-1961: A Critical Oral History Conference" The publication features the transcript of a critical oral history conference convened by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ History and Public Policy Program and Africa Program on September 23-24, 2004.

Burundi Country Consultation

Significant progress has been made in terms of securing peace and a degree of social and economic stability in Burundi, yet much work remains to ensure a sustainable democratic future.  In recent years, international involvement has waned considerably within the country and some analysts refer to Burundi as the “hole in the doughnut” as the gaze of international investors and aid groups has shifted toward countries in the region e.g.

First Quarterly Meeting with the African Diplomatic Corps - "Making the U.S./Africa Partnership a Reality"

First Quarterly Meeting with the African Diplomatic Corps to Launch the Working Group on Trade and Investment in Africa

October 14, 2011

“Making the U.S./Africa Partnership a Reality


Private Country Consultations and Working Group Meetings

The Africa Program periodically hosts closed door and invitation-only meetings where specific countries and the timely issues confronting those countries are roundly addressed and analyzed by experts, academics, representives from the government, NGO community, and private industry.  These meetings operate under Chatham House Rules and commentary from participants go unattibuted.  The Africa Program regularly assembles country working groups on Sudan, Sierra Leone, the Niger Delta, and Burundi.

Burundi: Prospects and Plans for 2011 and Beyond

H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi discussed his initiatives to pull the country out of a troubled and restive post–conflict era and to create both a political and economic environment necessary to bolster investment, trade, and support from the international community. 

Fairness and Transparency in Cameroon's Next Presidential Election

H.E. PROF. GHOGOMU PAUL MINGO, Minister/Director of Cabinet in the Office of the Prime Minister, Republic of Cameroon;

DR. FONKAM SAMUEL AZU'U, Chairman of the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM);

PROF. FABIEN NKOT, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister, Republic of Cameroon

ALEXIS ARIEFF, Africa Analyst, Congressional Research Service