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Africa in Transition: The Role of Women in Peace and Security

A country can achieve sustainable peace and security only if women are included, said Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program at a recent Wilson Center event

Managing Nigeria’s Diversity Amidst Rising Ethno-religious Tensions: A Conversation with H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

On October 15, 2019, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted Managing Nigeria’s Diversity Amidst Rising Ethno-religious Tensions: A Conversation with H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Honorable Frank R. Wolf, former member of the House of Representatives (R-VA) gave introductory remarks and joined H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo for this address. Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Africa Program Director, moderated the event.

Hidden Forces: The Role of Water in Economic Prosperity

“If you woke up one morning and found the taps in your house were dry, the first thing many of us here would do is pick up our phone and call the utility,” said Gordon Mumbo, Team Leader for Sustainable Water for the Mara River Basin, Winrock International. But for people living in the Mara River Basin, if their taps run dry, there is no utility to call, said Mumbo.

Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Policy Workshop: Peace, Youth, and Security in the Sahel.

The Wilson Center Africa Program partnered with the Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) to co-host a Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP) Regional Policy Workshop on Peace and Security in the Sahel from July 22 to 23, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop, hosted under the banner of the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP), followed on the heels of and built on the four-day Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding Annual Conference on “Youth and Peacebuilding in Africa” which took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from July 22-23, 2019.

Community Health Matters in the Journey to Self-Reliance

“We recognize that what we’re talking about is a journey, but we also recognize that people have dreams for themselves and what this is about is helping them achieve those dreams,” said Ellen Starbird, Director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at USAID, at a recent Wilson Center event about the importance of community health systems, with a particular focus on voluntary family planning and infectious disease prevention.

Africa in Transition | Investing in Youth for Economic Prosperity

“African countries are not in the middle of one transition, they are in the midst of several transitions,” said Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Professor and Chair of the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University, at a recent Wilson Center event on demographic trends on the continent, and investing in youth to ensure economic prosperity. “All of these transitions are an opportunity for prosperity, an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to build human capital,” said Eloundou-Enyugue.

Africa Program Hosts a Model United Nations Delegation from Chemnitz University, Germany

On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a group of 15 students from Chemnitz University in Chemnitz, Germany. The students were participating in a Model United Nations competition in New York where they represented the Republic of Senegal and requested a meeting to hear about the Wilson Center and the Africa Program's work. Ms. Hannah Akuiyibo presented on the mission and activities of the Wilson Center and the Africa Program as well as key trends in Africa and U.S.-Africa relations. Two Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal, Ms. Lindsay Swisher, and Ms.

Implementing the U.S. Global Water Strategy: A First-Year Review

In November 2017, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development released the first U.S. Global Water Strategy. With contributions from more than 17 U.S. government agencies and departments, the Global Water Strategy lays out four interrelated objectives to support a more water secure world: increase access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services, and promote hygiene; protect freshwater resources; promote cooperation on shared waters; and strengthen water governance and financing.

Saving Mothers, Giving Life: It Takes a System to Save a Mother

“Saving Mothers, Giving Life has undeniably raised the bar in how we address maternal perinatal mortality,” said Dr.