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

The Wilson Center Africa Program and the Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR) are co-hosting a two-day policy workshop from July 22-23, 2019 on "Peace and Security in the Sahel," in Dakar, Senegal.

Africa in Transition | Educational Entertainment: Promoting Health and Social Change through Pop Culture

By 2050, Africa’s young population—those between 0 and 24 years of age—will increase by 50 percent. As these young people work to overcome barriers to a more prosperous life, how will they get the information they need? Sharing information through innovative media platforms, such as serial dramas, music, and online games can be an effective tool for reducing risky behaviors and improving population health. In particular, stories told through television and radio dramas can have widespread influence on people’s health and create social change. 
 

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.

China’s Supply Chain Challenge – From Timber to Minerals

As the world’s factory, China’s international supply footprint for extractive raw materials is expansive and growing, from timber to minerals, such as copper, and cobalt. However, China’s domestic policies don’t adequately regulate Chinese outbound investments and Chinese industry has few incentives to green their supply chains or monitor the social impacts. In countries such as Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, illegal and environmentally unsustainable logging practices have been driven by the overwhelming demand for timber from China and other countries.

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