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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.

The Democratic Alternative from the South: India, Brazil, and South Africa

The evidence from three important rising democracies makes it clear: there is no need to give up individual rights and freedoms in order to achieve growth or to expand opportunities for the majority of citizens. On the contrary, the experiences of India, Brazil, and South Africa demonstrate that the expansion and strengthening of democratic institutions can pave the way for a second wave of reforms needed to ensure steady high growth and to increase opportunities for the poor.

New publications by NPIHP Scholars

Jo-Ansie van Wyk, former NPIHP fellow at Monash South Africa, published a new article titled "Atoms, Apartheid, and the Agency: South Africa’s relations with the IAEA, 1957-1995” in Cold War History. Her article traces the South African case through several phases, illustrating the links between state identity, state ideology, nationalism and threat perception and can be

Dr. Monde Muyangwa Appointed to Head Wilson Center’s Africa Program

WASHINGTON—The Woodrow Wilson Center announced today that Dr. Monde Muyangwa will be the new director of the center’s Africa Program.

“Dr. Muyangwa is a serious, highly-regarded Africa-hand.” said Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman. “She made her mark as a Vice President at the National Summit on Africa, which produced key recommendations for strengthening US-Africa relations in the 21st Century.  She will build on the extraordinary work of Howard Wolpe and Steve McDonald.”

From Victoria to Chilwa: Integrated Development in Two African Lake Basins

In Lake Victoria and Lake Chilwa basins, interconnected development challenges defy sectoral boundaries, said experts at the Wilson Center on February 10.

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