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Event Recap

Jul 13, 2021

AIF Senior Director Chinelo Anohu previews the 2021 Africa Investment Forum

By Africa Center

On Tuesday, July 13, the Africa Center convened for a private, off-the-record, discussion with Senior Director of the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) Ms. Chinelo Anohu. The conversation was the first in a series of roundtable events set to take place between AIF and the Africa Center in an effort to promote the upcoming November 2021 Africa Investment Forum.

Africa Economy & Business

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Jun 29, 2021

Prof. Séverine Autesserre says that it’s time for the peacekeeping community to ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to localized peacebuilding

By Africa Center

On Tuesday, June 29, the Africa Center convened a private event with award-winning author Professor Séverine Autesserre for a discussion on localized peacebuilding and her new book, The Frontlines of Peace.

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Jun 18, 2021

Responding to acute challenges in the Horn of Africa, with Finnish FM Pekka Haavisto

By Africa Center

On Friday, June 18, the Africa Center hosted a private conversation on the situation in the Horn of Africa in advance of the June 21 Ethiopian general elections. The conversation featured Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Pekka Haavisto, who visited the region earlier this year under the mandate of European Union High Representative Josep Borrell.

Africa Conflict

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Jun 14, 2021

No longer neglected: DAS Cook forecasts more robust engagement with Africa under the Biden administration

By Africa Center

Speaking at an Atlantic Council event as part of the Africa Center’s African Conversations Series hosted by Africa Center Director Amb. Rama Yade, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Ms. Akunna Cook promised a turnaround in US-Africa relations under the Biden administration, avoiding the “neglect” shown in recent years and in contrast embracing African nations as partners across critical global challenges.

Africa Democratic Transitions

New Atlanticist

May 25, 2021

Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Africa’s most overlooked crises and opportunities

By Katherine Walla

Thomas-Greenfield spoke about US President Joe Biden’s outlook on Africa with Ambassador Rama Yade, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, at an event celebrating Africa Day and introducing the Africa Center’s new team and mission.

Africa Crisis Management

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May 25, 2021

Mali coup: White House official calls for ‘unconditional and immediate’ release of president and prime minister

By Africa Center

Speaking at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Day celebration, White House official Dana Banks responded to topical issues in African affairs, including the coup in Mali, calling for “the unconditional and immediate release of the president and the prime minister.”

Africa Democratic Transitions

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May 17, 2021

African contributions to the climate finance conversation

By Africa Center

On Monday, May 17, the Africa Center hosted an event on how to foster inclusive, green growth for African countries, featuring an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts. The event also served as the launch of Ms. Emilie Bel’s new Africa Center report, Growing Green: Catalyzing Climate Finance in African Markets.

Africa Climate Change & Climate Action

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May 13, 2021

Zimbabwe: Engaging stakeholders on economic growth and lingering challenges

By Africa Center

On Thursday, May 13, the Africa Center hosted a Zimbabwe roundtable, featuring perspectives from government and the private sector on economic growth and lingering challenges. Panelists featured Zimbabwean Minister of Finance and Economic Development H.E. Prof. Mthuli Ncube, alongside representatives from GE, John Deere, and Old Mutual Zimbabwe.

Africa Economy & Business

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May 10, 2021

Event Recap: “African and South Asian perspectives on the Leaders Summit on Climate”

By Damola Aluko

It is a good start that President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate invited three South Asian nations and five African countries to present their perspectives to the world; however, Biden’s efforts were not adequate. Western world leaders need to pay special attention to what South Asian and African experts have to say. This moment in history provides a critical opportunity for enlightened policymaking that could enable African and South Asian nations to be a force for clean, green, and sustainable economic growth and industrialization; a failure to seize this moment by excluding their voices will undermine global climate action and lead to a ruinous future for over half the world’s population.

Africa Climate Change & Climate Action

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May 6, 2021

Africa’s digital revolution: Exploring technology’s impact on Africa’s future

By Africa Center

On Thursday, May 6, the Africa Center and the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) hosted a partnered event to launch twin reports exploring the theme of technology and its impact on Africa’s political and economic future.

Africa Digital Policy