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A Vision for Madagascar: A Path from Poverty to Growth

His Excellency Marc Ravalomanana, the reform-minded president of Madagascar, today told a Woodrow Wilson Center Director's Forum that his country stands ready to fully join the global marketplace while also preserving its unique environmental heritage and bringing prosperity to its citizens. "My optimism for Madagascar is not false," said President Ravalomanana. "I'm going to describe a country where the strengths outnumber weaknesses and we believe in our ability to succeed."

The Road to Johannesburg: Setting the Agenda for the World Summit on Sustainable Development

Featuring Dr. Crispian Olver, Director-General, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Government of South Africa;

John F. Turner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State (discussant);

Judith Ayres, Assistant Administrator for International Activities, Office of International Activities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (discussant);

Book Launch and Discussion of <i>Partner to History: The U.S. Role in South Africa's Transition to Democracy</i>

Summary of the Conflict Prevention Project and United States Institute of Peace (USIP) discussion with Partner to History: The Role of South Africa's Transition to Democracy author Ambassador Princeton Lyman; executive vice president of Search for Common Ground Susan Collin Marks; and Deputy Chief of mission at the South African embassy in DC Thandabutu Nhlapo. USIP's president, Richard Soloman opened the meeting and Timothy Docking, African specialist, moderated the discussion.

Living on $2 a Day: A Finance System for the "Bottom Billion"

On September 29, 2009, the Wilson Center on the Hill and the Environmental Change and Security Program hosted a discussion about the sophisticated ways by which the world's poor manage their finances. Daryl Collins, senior associate at Bankable Frontier Associates, and Jonathan Morduch, a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University, shared some insights from their book, Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day. Geoff Dabelko, the Director of the Environmental Change and Security Program moderated the event.

Issue 12: Lessons From the First Generation of Integrated Population, Health, and Environment Projects

In his review of the "first generation" of population-health-environment projects funded by USAID and the Packard Foundation, consultant John Pielemeier finds that integrated approaches provide positive outcomes in shorter periods of time, and at lower cost, than single-sector programs. Pielemeier presented the findings of his full report at the Wilson Center in September 2005.

Migration as the Demographic Wild Card in Civil Conflict: Mauritius and Fiji

Analyzing demographic trends on the small-island nations of Mauritius and Fiji, Christian Leuprecht argues that "the impact of migration on conflict is a man-made problem; the way migration is managed (or not) can determine its potential for mitigating or escalating a conflict."

Navigating Peace Initiative: Water Conflict and Cooperation

The Navigating Peace Initiative’s Water Conflict and Cooperation Working Group commissioned four policy briefs to identify the current and emerging trends in water conflict and cooperation.

Madagascar Naturellement: Birth Control Is My Environmental Priority

In my first four years as president, I have developed a far-reaching plan to free Madagascar from a cycle of poverty that harms the people and destroys the island’s rich biodiversity. My dream, which I call “Madagascar Naturellement,” is that we can build a strong economy, invest in our people, and maintain the nation’s precious natural treasures. Family planning lies at the heart of all of these efforts.

The Challenges of Groundwater in Southern Africa (No. 2)

It is impossible to understand the developmental constraints of Africa without grasping the significance of water resources, particularly groundwater. Southern Africa faces potentially severe groundwater shortages, which not only imperil the lives of those directly dependent on it, but also the continued development of the economic engines of the region—South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe—all of which face significant constraints on their future economic growth due to the insecurity of water supply.

Les defis de l'eau souterraine en Afrique australe (No. 2)

On ne peut pas comprendre les contraintes de développement de l’Afrique sans saisir le rôle important des ressources en eau, souterraine en particulier. L’Afrique australe est confrontée à des pénuries d’eau souterraine potentiellement graves, qui mettent en péril non seulement la vie de ceux qui en dépendent directement, mais aussi le développement continu des moteurs économiques de la région : Afrique du Sud, Botswana, Namibie et Zimbabwe.