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A Leading Social and Political Activist Reflects on the New South Africa

A full summary and transcript of Ms. DeLille's comments will be posted shortly.

Zimbabwe at a Crossroads: Civil Society and the Future of Constitutional Reform

A video and transcript of this event will be posted to the website shortly.

An interview in which Dr. Madhuku elaborates on his presentation to Dialogue host George Seay is available by following the link at right.

At a forum sponsored by the Wilson Center's Africa Program and Conflict Prevention Project, Zimbabwean political activist Lovemore Madhuku, founder and president of the National Constitutional Assembly, discussed the prospects for democratic reform in Zimbabwe, and offered sharp criticism of the Mugabe government.

Book Launch -- <i>A Human Being Died that Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness</i>

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, author and member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Discussant: Reverend Mpho Tutu, Christ Church, Alexandria

Moderator: Ambassador Hattie Babbit, Director, Women Waging Peace Washington Office

Post-War Angola: Trends and Prospects

Professor Bender, the Open Society Institute's Raphael Marques, and Angolan Embassy official Evaristo José, offered three different views of Angolan political, economic, and social evolution.

Luncheon: Presentations of Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellowship Recipients

James Tyler Dickovick and Dorothy Grace Davie, both African Doctoral Candidate Fellows who are completing their dissertations, presented their research findings and discussed the implications of their research. Dickovick has been undertaking a comparative cross-cultural analysis of decentralization, while Davie has been studying the approach that has been taken to the study of poverty in South Africa in different historical periods.

A South African Perspective on Zimbabwe and Southern Africa

Soal offered a South African perspective on the deepening Zimbabwe political and economic crisis.

Soal outlined the dismal economic situation confronting Zimbabweans. Once considered the “breadbasket of Africa”, Zimbabwe’s GDP has dropped 35% in four years. A collapsed Zimbabwean dollar, falling exports and imports, lack of necessary fuel, and severe unemployment are but a few of the indicators of Zimbabwe’s economic distress. “What was a prosperous country some years ago has been brought to the brink of bankruptcy by corruption and mismanagement.”

Angola's First Year of Peace: An Assessment

The panel was devoted to an assessment of Angola’s first year of peace, and to examination of the prospects for Angola’s ongoing reconstruction and development.

Director's Forum with Bill Clinton

President Clinton focused his talk on his recent two-week trip to Africa, during which he visited five nations: Mozambique, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. Given his stated interest in economically empowering poor communities around the world, Clinton visited Africa to continue his work to promote HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, democratization, and economic development. Other areas he has actively pursued since leaving office that were among the themes promoted on his Africa trip included racial and ethnic reconciliation; citizen participation; and education.

The New South Africa: Reflections on Politics in the Private Sector

Mr. Sexwale began by stating the declaration of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, convened in August 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa, as the endeavor to create a humane world. He went on to state that the next phase after the summit focuses on implementation programs to fulfill the affirmed goals. Relating South Africa to the summit, Sexwale stated that the country's challenge is to create an economic democracy to couple with its already firmly rooted political democracy.

Productive Cities and Metropolitan Economic Strategy: The Case of Johannesburg and Akron, Ohio

Summary of a meeting with Marc Weiss, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center and Chairman, Prague Institute for Global Urban Development