Southern Africa

Mugabe is Bailed out by Beijing. But too Little too Late for Zimbabwe?

China has agreed to help Zimbabwe avoid a total economic meltdown.

Without the promise of assistance from Beijing that came last month, Zimbabwe could not even begin to pay its civil servants, police, and soldiers their monthly wages. Nor, without China’s support, could Zimbabwe continue to import oil and gas, and crucial foodstuffs with which to feed its people.

What Next for US-Africa Engagement?

From August 4-6, 2014, the Obama Administration hosted the first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington, DC. Over 50 African Heads of State attended with a goal of strengthening US-Africa engagement. The Africa Program and its colleagues provided daily coverage of the event from a variety of perspectives, delving into what the summit means for US-Africa relations going forward. Check out the links below for more:

Reflections on the Summit: Whither US-Africa Relations?

The recently concluded US-Africa Leaders Summit, which was held from August 4-6, 2014 and whose main theme was "Investing in the Next Generation," was an opportunity to discuss key issues and define a way forward for US-Africa relations. The gathering was historic. It was the first-ever US-Africa Summit since most African countries gained their independence some fifty years ago.

Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

More than half of Sub-Saharan Africa's population is under 25 years, and its labor force is expected to increase by 11 million a year over the next decade. Though better educated than their parents, young people often struggle to find pathways to productive employment. The report guides policy makers on how to intervene along the dimensions of human capital and the business environment in three areas - agriculture, household enterprises, and the modern wage sector. The goals are to increase productivity, improve livelihoods, and multiply opportunities for youth.

South Africa at 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy

This year, South Africa is celebrating 20th anniversary of its first general elections when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency ending the scourge of apartheid. This milestone anniversary is an occasion to reflect on the impressive accomplishments of South African democracy and economy since 1994, ponder key challenges facing the country today and in the years ahead, and also think about South Africa's place in Africa and globally.

Religious violence in sub-Saharan Africa and the future of the secular state

On Tuesday, June 17th the Africa Program at The Wilson Center held a public event to examine growing religious violence in sub-Saharan Africa and the response from African states, as well as options for US-Africa engagement regarding the current situation with religious conflict. Discussants included Dr.

Why Do People Move? Research on Environmental Migration Coming of Age

When she finished her dissertation on migration as a response to climate change in 2003, it was one of only a handful of scholarly papers published on the topic that year, said Susana Adamo, an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network. But in the decade since, interest in climate migration has exploded – in 2012, more than 10 times as many papers were published.

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