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Hidden Forces: The Role of Water in Economic Prosperity

Safe and accessible water is critical for a country’s successful economic development and for the health and well-being of its citizens. Ultimately, the journey to self-reliance cannot succeed without sustainable water resource management. This session will explore the role of market-based solutions and private sector engagement in strengthening the management of water resources to meet the needs of communities, agriculture, industry and commerce, and ecosystem services.  

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.