101 episodes

Fearless music activists. Savvy tech entrepreneurs. Social disrupters. Into Africa shatters the narratives that dominate U.S. perceptions of Africa. Host Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Africa program director and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., sits down with policymakers, journalists, academics and other trailblazers in African affairs to shine a spotlight on the faces spearheading cultural, political, and economic change on the continent.

Into Africa CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies

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    • 4.7 • 120 Ratings

Fearless music activists. Savvy tech entrepreneurs. Social disrupters. Into Africa shatters the narratives that dominate U.S. perceptions of Africa. Host Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Africa program director and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., sits down with policymakers, journalists, academics and other trailblazers in African affairs to shine a spotlight on the faces spearheading cultural, political, and economic change on the continent.

    Maintaining Momentum After the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

    Maintaining Momentum After the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

    What happened during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December '22? Mvemba is joined by Aloysius Uche Ordu (Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings) and Kehinde Togun (Managing Director for Public Engagement at Humanity United) for a post-mortem of the summit. They identify areas of success and improvement, the commitments made, and how Washington can maintain momentum in repairing its ties with African states.

    • 34 min
    Chad At A Crossroads

    Chad At A Crossroads

    Mvemba is joined by Succès Masra, a leading Chadian opposition figure and the president of Les Transformateurs, the major opposition party in Chad. They discuss the deadly crackdown on protestors in October 2022, the state of the transition talks, the power of social media for organizing political movements, and Chad’s uncertain future.

    • 47 min
    What to Watch For In The Upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit

    What to Watch For In The Upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit

    Mvemba is joined by Dana Banks, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Special Advisor for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. With the Summit officially kicking off on December 13, they discuss the challenges and opportunities for strengthening ties between the U.S. and African countries and how to maintain momentum beyond the Summit.

    • 33 min
    Life in Mali Today: Unpacking Internal and External Actors

    Life in Mali Today: Unpacking Internal and External Actors

    Mvemba is joined by Doussouba Konaté, Country Director and Global Program Manager for Accountability Lab Mali, an organization dedicated to shifting societal norms by working with young people to foster new ideas centered around government accountability, transparency, and openness. They discuss the landscape of life in Mali today, touching on several key people, political and policy factors for consideration.

    • 29 min
    AFRICOM and the Triple Nexus

    AFRICOM and the Triple Nexus

    Mvemba is joined by Ambassador Andrew Young, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement of U.S. Africa Command. They discuss the three dimensions of the department’s engagement in the region (defense, diplomacy, and development) over the past 14 years and unpack future goals of the strategic operation partnership.

    • 38 min
    A Conversation with DR Congo’s Minister of Finance

    A Conversation with DR Congo’s Minister of Finance

    Mvemba is joined by Mr. Nicolas Kazadi, Minister of Finance of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    They discuss the Millennium Challenge Corporation, tackling corruption in the mining industry and the public sector, conflict in eastern DRC, and the auction of oil blocks and climate pledges.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

truthtelher ,

Authentic, no nonsense interviews

I love how Mvemba asks tough questions that really get to the heart of global issues. He respectfully encourages guests to be solution-oriented, offering helpful perspectives from his vast experience. Always a great listen.

cynnieK ,

Africa the continent

This is a great podcast. It showcases Africa in its entirety, good and bad. And even though it’s called “Into Africa”, you learn quickly that Africa is more than just one monolith and has so much potential to really be a global powerhouse.

Kshilla ,

Engaging & Accessible

Provides a much-needed nuanced narrative of Africa, while being both engaging & informative.

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