African News from around the World›By Leadership Project // Thursday, June 6, 2013
Politicians, Military Undermine Guinea-Bissau’s Stability; Ghana arrests Chinese for ‘illegal mining’; Britain to compensate for colonial-era torture; The 8th Senior Officials Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation; China to Africa: Give a man a fish; Chinese Company Brings Digital TV Content to Africa; RDC: la rébellion M23 prête à reprendre le dialogue avec Kinshasa; Mali: l’armée renforce ses positions à Anefis après de violents combats; Madagascar: la présidentielle reportée au 23 août.
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The Last Word for May 2013›By Steve McDonald // Thursday, May 30, 2013
May has been a busy month for us at the Wilson Center, with a trip to Kenya that served to convene new and original members of our Southern Voices Network, as well as hosting a number of local events. One major conference held here in DC on May 1 was on the subject of technology and innovation as tools to elicit social change amongst women and youth populations in Africa. A report of the whole conference can be found on the Wilson Center website, as well as some related interviews of conference.
This month’s blog posts reflect this theme through the eyes of a practitioner, African scholar, and mentor. First, you will find a piece from one of our partners in the Southern Voices Network, “Paying It Forward: How to Sustain New Generations of Female and Youth Leaders in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa,” by Edith Kirumba of the African Technology Policy Studies Network. Along with Edith’s piece include a submission by Liz Ngonzi, titled “Mentorship, Coaching, Board Service, Sponsorship…How Will You Pay it Forward TODAY?” and “Transformative Effects of Women, Youth and Technological Innovation” by Gregor Young of Management Systems International. Our monthly “Lessons from the Field” column was provided by Vivian Lowery Derryck titled, “Mali Matters.”
However, the big news this month, of course, is the President and First Lady’s trip to Africa in June, including a trip by Secretary of State John Kerry. In a short, precise statement issued last week, the White House announced that he and the First Lady would visit Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania from June 26 – July 3. The stated purpose of the trip was to “reinforce the importance that the United States places on our deep and growing ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including through expanding economic growth, investment, and trade; strengthening democratic institutions; and investing in the next generation of African leaders.” It further stated the President would meet leaders from “government, business, and civil society, including youth, to discuss our strategic partnerships on bilateral and global issues.” There were no further specifics, just a confirmation of the United States’ desire to cooperate in advancing “regional and global peace and prosperity.”MORE
Opportunity of Africa’s youth; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he won’t vote for the ANC; tensions rise in Libya; Kenya asks UN to terminate ICC trial; Africa’s role in global economy growth›By Leadership Project // Friday, May 10, 2013
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Washington Tone-Deafness in a Changing World: Part I›By Francis A. Kornegay // Monday, December 17, 2012
By Francis A. Kornegay
Senior Fellow, Institute for Global Dialogue, Pretoria
Before Daniel M. Kliman and Richard Fontaine of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) unveiled their foreign policy advice to the re-elected Obama administration, perhaps they could have saved themselves the effort by going over the speeches of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Indeed, what may have been Secretary Clinton’s valedictory address at the Foreign Policy Group’s “Transformational Trends 2013” Forum on the 29th of November might serve as a counterpoint to Global Swing States: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey and the Future of International Order by Messers Kliman and Fontaine. In other words, the administration might do better to continue doing what it has already been doing than get itself think-tanked into a foreign policy modeled on American ‘swing state’ electoral politics.MORE
The Straw That Will Break ANC’s Back›By leadership project // Thursday, October 18, 2012The veteran journalist and political commentator Allister Sparks discusses the future ofMORE
South African politics, including the consequences of the potential reappointment of Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC and Helen Zille’s call for the establishment of a new opposition party. Continue reading for the full article published in the Cape Times on October 10, 2012.