Blog PostSep 27, 2021
Inclusive growth needs financial inclusion. Can Central Bank Digital Currency help?
By Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou
1.7 billion adults remained unbanked as per the 2017 wave of Findex dataset, with large disparities in financial inclusion still existing across countries, gender, income, education, and rural-urban lines. CBDCs have the potential to enhance financial inclusion and reduce these disparities.
New AtlanticistSep 10, 2021
Gregory Meeks: For counterterrorism and economic opportunity, turn toward Africa
By Katherine Walla
After the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, it has become clear that “terrorism now is global, and we’ve got to work in a multilateral way to combat and fight that,” said US Representative Gregory Meeks.
New AtlanticistJul 14, 2021
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on how the WTO can tackle vaccine scarcity and global recovery
By Katherine Walla
The unequal global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is fragile, warned World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and “there’s one thing behind that all: The issue of vaccine equity.”
Investing in Africa's Future ConferenceOct 16, 2020
Transcript: Investing in Africa’s future, a conversation with African presidents
By Atlantic Council
Immediate recovery and sustained growth in Africa after the pandemic rely in part on increased cooperation between US and African development finance institutions and a concomitant boost in two-way trade and investment. African leaders share their insights about their work with the US International Development Finance Corporation and how it will impact their countries.
Event RecapSep 18, 2019
Côte d’Ivoire’s first lady objects to proposed US ban on Ivorian cocoa
By Africa Center
On Wednesday, September 18, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted H.E. Dominique Ouattara, first lady of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, for a private discussion on Ivorian efforts to eradicate child trafficking, exploitation, and labor from the cocoa supply chain. Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest cocoa producer, with an annual production output of approximately […]
AfricaSourceAug 23, 2019
Oui, le sport peut être un puissant levier de développement en Afrique
By Rama Yade
English Synopsis: Last month’s African Cup of Nations has generated global enthusiasm and an outpouring of African patriotism, and other important sporting events are taking place on the continent, from South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to Senegal’s hosting of the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics. Next year, the prestigious American National Basketball […]
AfricaSourceJul 25, 2019
How should the US approach LGBT rights in Africa?
By Stephanie Mithika
The framing of LGBT rights as a form of neocolonialism has proven an effective tool for local politicians and religious leaders who wish to prevent progress on the issue – and who often form alliances with foreign religious groups and governments in the process.
Event RecapJul 15, 2019
Africa business experts discuss china’s commercial expansion in Africa
By Africa Center
On July 15, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a discussion on China’s diversifying economic engagement in Africa, occasioned by the launch of Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby’s latest issue brief, Deconstructing the Dragon: China’s Commercial Expansion in Africa.
Issue BriefJul 15, 2019
Deconstructing the Dragon: China’s commercial expansion in Africa
By Aubrey Hruby
The Trump administration has raised the alarm about China’s domination of large infrastructure projects in Africa, diagnosing the growing indebtedness of African nations to China as a threat to US national security, as well as the sovereignty of the countries affected. They also correctly bemoan the unfair advantages conferred on Chinese firms by Beijing’s multi-billion dollar […]