West Africa

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

The vast majority of maternal deaths are preventable. Despite this fact, approximately every two minutes a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth. 

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.

Aligning the Stars for Quality RMNCH Care! What Does it Take?

Poor quality care is now a bigger barrier to reducing mortality than insufficient access to healthcare, said Dr. Margaret Kruk, Chair of The Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the Sustainable Development Goal Era. She spoke at a recent Wilson Center event on strategies to improve and sustain high-quality reproductive, maternal, and newborn care at scale.

Where's the Link? Maternal and Child Health, Aid, and Armed Conflict

While most people killed in wars are male, several studies have found that “mortality among women in some high-intensity conflicts was as severe as male mortality,” said Henrik Urdal, the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), at a recent Wilson Center event on the links between maternal and child health, aid, and armed conflict.

'Hate Speech' in Nigeria’s Elections

What impact does “hate speech” have on peacebuilding activities during and after elections in Nigeria and other African nations? How is this type of rhetoric dealt with in the US and elsewhere and what are the lessons to be learned from those experiences?  Southern Voices Network Scholar Olusola Isola explores these questions and more in the latest episode of Wilson Center NOW.

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