Fri, Aug 20, 2021

De-risking and transforming institutional capital for impact in Africa: A conversation with Admassu Tadesse and Morten Elkjær

Mr. Admassu Tadesse, president and CEO of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and Mr. Morten Elkjær, vice president for the financial sector and business development at the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), to discuss de-risking and transforming institutional capital into greater impact in Africa for attractive returns.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Fri, Jul 9, 2021

Development policy needs to be DARPA-fied

Just as tech innovation requires experimentation, US commercial policy in African markets needs to embrace and operationalize experimentation.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, Jun 1, 2021

A US-Africa summit done right

The last few decades of global Africa policy can be defined in a single word: summitry. After five years of absence from the summit stage, a revived US-Africa summit under the Biden administration is a no-brainer.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, May 25, 2021

Africa is America’s greatest geopolitical opportunity. Does the US know it?

Biden can further build ties with Africa: He should do so not only because these countries have long been underrepresented within leading multilateral organizations, but also because they offer innovative solutions to global challenges including terrorism, climate change, migration, debt, and COVID-19.

AfricaSource by Rama Yade

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, May 11, 2021

The Basketball Africa League has arrived: Here’s why it matters

With the Basketball Africa League set to launch, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center reached out to sports stakeholders across the BAL’s inaugural countries to hear their perspective on why the BAL represents a historic moment. Their feedback provides a compelling case for the developmental, diplomatic, and economic potential of African basketball.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Civil Society

Tue, Apr 27, 2021

Washington’s role and responsibility in Chad

In the midst of the fast-moving changes in Chad, there is an opportunity to begin to address the country’s democracy and development deficits. As Washington contemplates its next steps, emphasis should be placed on listening to Chadians, engaging the African Union, pursuing on-the-ground diplomatic engagement, and acting quickly, yet strategically.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Civil Society

Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Climate change will not be fixed without Africa

When Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi spoke at the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate this week, he had the force of the continent behind him. And his message was that developed countries must do more. As the summit comes to a close, the world still has so much to learn from Africa about how to tackle the climate crisis—if the world would only listen.

AfricaSource by Rama Yade

Africa Climate Change & Climate Action

Mon, Apr 19, 2021

Will events in Chad force a reset of Sahel strategy?

In the last week, several columns of rebel fighters have entered Chad from neighboring Libya with the intention of unseating long-time strongman and friend of the West Idriss Déby Itno, Chad’s ruler for the past thirty years. How France and the United States respond may cause repercussions for years to come.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Conflict

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

The digital infrastructure imperative in African markets

Over the past two decades, Chinese companies have come to dominate the telecom infrastructure landscape in emerging markets. The United States can slow and possibly erode these Chinese gains by promoting innovative US technologies and providing resources to help unleash the second wave of the internet revolution in African countries.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Digital Policy

Tue, Apr 6, 2021

Keys to African recovery: Vaccines, debt, and commodities

In the wake of COVID-19, African markets are consumed by uncertainty about the economic recovery. Because of its large population—1.2 billion people—developments in Africa will weigh heavily on the world. The recovery from COVID-19 in Africa will depend on three factors—vaccines, debt, and commodities.

AfricaSource by Rabah Arezki

Africa Coronavirus

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Fri, Aug 20, 2021

De-risking and transforming institutional capital for impact in Africa: A conversation with Admassu Tadesse and Morten Elkjær

Mr. Admassu Tadesse, president and CEO of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), and Mr. Morten Elkjær, vice president for the financial sector and business development at the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), to discuss de-risking and transforming institutional capital into greater impact in Africa for attractive returns.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Fri, Jul 9, 2021

Development policy needs to be DARPA-fied

Just as tech innovation requires experimentation, US commercial policy in African markets needs to embrace and operationalize experimentation.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, Jun 1, 2021

A US-Africa summit done right

The last few decades of global Africa policy can be defined in a single word: summitry. After five years of absence from the summit stage, a revived US-Africa summit under the Biden administration is a no-brainer.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, May 25, 2021

Africa is America’s greatest geopolitical opportunity. Does the US know it?

Biden can further build ties with Africa: He should do so not only because these countries have long been underrepresented within leading multilateral organizations, but also because they offer innovative solutions to global challenges including terrorism, climate change, migration, debt, and COVID-19.

AfricaSource by Rama Yade

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, May 11, 2021

The Basketball Africa League has arrived: Here’s why it matters

With the Basketball Africa League set to launch, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center reached out to sports stakeholders across the BAL’s inaugural countries to hear their perspective on why the BAL represents a historic moment. Their feedback provides a compelling case for the developmental, diplomatic, and economic potential of African basketball.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Civil Society

Tue, Apr 27, 2021

Washington’s role and responsibility in Chad

In the midst of the fast-moving changes in Chad, there is an opportunity to begin to address the country's democracy and development deficits. As Washington contemplates its next steps, emphasis should be placed on listening to Chadians, engaging the African Union, pursuing on-the-ground diplomatic engagement, and acting quickly, yet strategically.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Civil Society

Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Climate change will not be fixed without Africa

When Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi spoke at the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate this week, he had the force of the continent behind him. And his message was that developed countries must do more. As the summit comes to a close, the world still has so much to learn from Africa about how to tackle the climate crisis—if the world would only listen.

AfricaSource by Rama Yade

Africa Climate Change & Climate Action

Mon, Apr 19, 2021

Will events in Chad force a reset of Sahel strategy?

In the last week, several columns of rebel fighters have entered Chad from neighboring Libya with the intention of unseating long-time strongman and friend of the West Idriss Déby Itno, Chad’s ruler for the past thirty years. How France and the United States respond may cause repercussions for years to come.

AfricaSource by Cameron Hudson

Africa Conflict

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

The digital infrastructure imperative in African markets

Over the past two decades, Chinese companies have come to dominate the telecom infrastructure landscape in emerging markets. The United States can slow and possibly erode these Chinese gains by promoting innovative US technologies and providing resources to help unleash the second wave of the internet revolution in African countries.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Digital Policy

Tue, Apr 6, 2021

Keys to African recovery: Vaccines, debt, and commodities

In the wake of COVID-19, African markets are consumed by uncertainty about the economic recovery. Because of its large population—1.2 billion people—developments in Africa will weigh heavily on the world. The recovery from COVID-19 in Africa will depend on three factors—vaccines, debt, and commodities.

AfricaSource by Rabah Arezki

Africa Coronavirus