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The Africa Program and the Middle East Program analyze broad political, economic, and security trends in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, respectively. The Global Health Policy Center, the Human Rights Initiative, the Prosperity and Development Project, and the Global Food Security Project each conduct work on Africa through the lens of their respective thematic areas.

Find the latest research from our scholars and CSIS events on this region below.

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The Africa Program and the Middle East Program analyze broad political, economic, and security trends in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, respectively. The Global Health Policy Center, the Human Rights Initiative, the Prosperity and Development Project, and the Global Food Security Project each conduct work on Africa through the lens of their respective thematic areas.

Find the latest research from our scholars and CSIS events on this region below.

    Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty

    Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty

    Please join us on Tuesday, December 3 for a public event focused on Sustainable Development Goal #1, which aims to decrease poverty and ensure social protections for the poor and vulnerable, increase access to basic needs and services, and support people harmed by natural disasters and other extreme events.

    Predictions suggest that 6 percent of the world population will still live in extreme poverty in 2030. People who live in extreme poverty face deprivation from social goods and services, and often live in areas where poverty is exacerbated by conflict or natural disasters. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #1, the United Nations seeks to end extreme poverty, measured as people living under $1.25 a day, by ensuring all people have access to economic resources, reducing the poor’s vulnerability to climate disasters and other shocks, and implementing national social protection systems and measures for all. Despite many countries including social protections within their government spending, these programs need to be brought to scale. Although the number of people living in poverty has decreased since 2015, the rate of poverty reduction is slowing and ultimately means the world will miss the United Nations target of less than 3 percent.

    This event is part of the "Chevron Forum for Development" series focused on the SDGs and made possible with general support from Chevron. So far, we have hosted events focused on SDG#7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG#16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, SDG#17: Partnerships for the Goals, and SDG#11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Our most recent event was focused on SDG#4: Quality Education.

    • 1 Std. 15 Min.
    The Russia-Africa Show in Sochi

    The Russia-Africa Show in Sochi

    With the conclusion of the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, how should the U.S. respond to Russia’s return to Africa? What are Putin’s goals for the region? Host Judd Devermont talks Russian engagement with Simon Allison (Mail & Guardian), Andrea Kendall-Taylor (Center for a New American Security) and Karen Monaghan (retired CIA officer). Guests also discuss the latest on CAR’s conflict and Guinea-Bissau’s pivotal upcoming presidential elections.

    Background reading:

    Russian Theater: How to Respond to Moscow’s Return to the African Stage - Commentary by Judd Devermont

    • 33 Min.
    The Curious Case of Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Nutrition

    The Curious Case of Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Nutrition

    Malnutrition has the potential to bankrupt countries and prevent children from reaching their full potential. Unlike other food groups, fruits and vegetables provide beneficial outcomes across all malnutrition forms. Yet, despite the nutritional punch of fruits and vegetables, current global consumption is far below the minimum daily requirements of five portions.


    Join the Global Food Security Project for the release of Seeds of Change: The Power of Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Nutrition in Tanzania, a new report focusing on how the United States and other donors are trying to boost fruit and vegetable consumption in Tanzania to improve nutrition through multisectoral and public–private approaches.


    The event will feature a keynote lecture by the former Tanzanian Prime Minister, the Honorable Mizengo Pinda, which will be followed by an armchair conversation. The subsequent panel discussion will explore the unique challenges to fruit and vegetable consumption and current efforts to change dietary behavior.

    This event is made possible by the generous support of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    • 1 Std. 51 Min.
    Where’s Your Digital ID?

    Where’s Your Digital ID?

    What role does digital identity play in unlocking Africa’s economic potential? Host Judd Devermont sits down with Magdi Amin (Omidyar Network), Cameron Hudson (Atlantic Council) and Victoria Crandall (Young African Entrepreneur podcast) to discuss the significance of digital ID, Sudan’s battle to implement reforms and revive its economy, and Benin’s current state of affairs.

    • 24 Min.
    USAID’s Evolution As An Institution

    USAID’s Evolution As An Institution

    Please join us for an exit interview with Susan Fine to hear her reflections and recommendations based on her distinguished career at USAID. 

      



    Susan Fine recently completed a 30-year career at USAID, serving as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau for the last two years. Retiring with the rank of Career Minister, Susan has extensive experience in the Sahel, East, and Southern Africa, including South Sudan during its transition to independence, and has championed effective planning and delivery of development assistance and USAID policy leadership in multiple positions in Washington. She has worked at the intersection of development, foreign policy, and humanitarian assistance at strategic and operational levels, represented US development interests in the international arena and engaged with non-traditional development actors such as China.  


    Susan Fine holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College. She was a board member of the Washington chapter of the Society for International Development and a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland. 

    This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.

     

    • 56 Min.
    Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

    Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

    Please join us on October 30th for a discussion on Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education.
      Education plays an important role in achieving many of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable, quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Yet, 262 million children and youth were not in school in 2017. Even more troubling, 750 million adults were illiterate in 2016, two-thirds of whom were women. Improving the education systems in low and middle-income countries has been a focus of the development community for years. Given the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, developing country governments must also prepare their citizens for the workforces of the future and leverage new leapfrog technologies. 

    This event is part of a series CSIS is doing on the SDGs made possible by general support from Chevron. So far, we have hosted events focused on the role of the private sector, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals. You can find the link to all the events here.

    • 1 Std. 24 Min.

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