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Fearless music activists. Savvy tech entrepreneurs. Social disrupters. Into Africa shatters the narratives that dominate U.S. perceptions of Africa. Host Judd Devermont, Africa program director 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.

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Fearless music activists. Savvy tech entrepreneurs. Social disrupters. Into Africa shatters the narratives that dominate U.S. perceptions of Africa. Host Judd Devermont, Africa program director 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.

    If You Build It, They Will Come

    If You Build It, They Will Come

    The elderly and those living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are two populations growing faster in sub-Saharan Africa than elsewhere in the world. What challenges do these vulnerable groups face in the wake of Covid-19 and what opportunities exist for increased private sector engagement? Judd Devermont sits down with Rumbi Chakamba (Journalist), Nik Pereira (Africa Healthcare Network), and Nina Prieur (Prosper Africa) to explore U.S. investment in specialized care, Senegal's exemplary pandemic response, and a massive oil spill in Mauritius. 

    Background Reading: 


    How Senegal has set the standard on COVID-19 – Rumbi Chakamba 


    Senegal's quiet COVID success –  Deidre Shesgreen 


    The Covid-19 Global Response Index – Foreign Policy 


    The Strategic Significance of Africa’s Smallest Democracies – Judd Devermont  


    A Wake-up Call: What Covid-19 Reveals about Elderly and NCD Care in Sub-Saharan Africa – Judd Devermont and Marielle Harris 


    Sisters care for home-based patients and the terminally ill in Botswana – Rumbi Chakamba 

    • 31 min
    Virtues of Virtual Election Monitoring

    Virtues of Virtual Election Monitoring

    When it comes to election observation, there’s often one rule for the West and another for everybody else. But with a wave of democratic backsliding occurring around the world, now may be the time to disrupt the status quo and reimagine election observation missions. In our eighth episode with African Arguments, Ansbert Ngurumo (Journalist), Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham), and Jessica Moody (King’s College London) join Judd Devermont to discuss shifting electoral processes, election safety, and democracy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Guests also unpack the mounting suppression facing opposition parties and assess how this will affect upcoming presidential elections in Tanzania and Côte d'Ivoire.  

    Background Readings: 


    Magafuli: An Epitome of Cowardice – Ansbert Ngurumo 


    How to Rig an Election – Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas 


    Ouattara's out, but whoever wins in Cote d'Ivoire, many won't be happy – Jessica Moody (African Arguments) 


    How to hold elections safely and uphold democracy during Covid-19 – Nic Cheeseman (The Conversation) 


    Africa Reacts to the First Presidential Debate and Trump’s Case of Covid-19 – CSIS

    • 40 min
    A Zombie-Free Recovery of Africa's Energy Sector

    A Zombie-Free Recovery of Africa's Energy Sector

    Energy development is at the heart of an inclusive African recovery from Covid-19, but how can we supercharge the region's power sector? Todd Moss (Energy for Growth Hub), Rose Mutiso (Energy for Growth Hub; Mawazo Institute), and Kate Steel (Nithio) join host Judd Devermont to discuss the future of Africa's energy sector, South Africa's struggling diplomacy in Zimbabwe, and key challenges facing African think tanks. 

    Background Readings:


    A post Covid agenda for a 'zombie-free' recovery of Africa's power markets - Rose Mutiso and Todd Moss 


    Pilot Database: Understanding the RACE metric - Jacob Kincer and Todd Moss 


    Ted Talk: How to bring affordable, sustainable electricity to Africa - Rose Mutiso 


    The crisis of African think tanks: Challenges and solutions - Brookings Institution


    About the Mazawo Institute - Mawazo.org


    Upcoming:
    Rose Mutiso's Ted Talk on climate justice and energy (Live on 10/10/2020)

    • 38 min
    How the Gulf, India, and Japan Think about Africa

    How the Gulf, India, and Japan Think about Africa

    Diplomatic engagement is at an all-time high across Africa. How can multilateral cooperation effectively address challenges such as Covid-19 and regional security? Judd Devermont is joined by Payton Knopf (USIP), Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA), and Housam Darwisheh (Institute of Developing Economies) to discuss India, Japan, and the Gulf's approach to the continent, the current state of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and the dispute over the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. 

    Background Readings:


    A Strategic Framework to Improve Coronavirus Response in Africa - Judd Devermont and Nilanthi Samaranayake


    How a Tiny Indian Ocean Island Could Force a US-UK Rift - Nilanthi Samaranayake


    What’s Ahead for the Horn of Africa in 2020 - Payton Knopf

    • 38 min
    How Beijing Courts African Partners

    How Beijing Courts African Partners

    China's footprint in Africa extends beyond infrastructure projects and financing. How significant are the relationships spun between Chinese elites and their African counterparts? In our eighth episode with African Arguments, Shinovene Immanuel (The Namibian), Lina Benabdallah (CSIS), and John Culver (Former National Intelligence Officer) join host Judd Devermont for a conversation on Chinese engagement with Africans. Guests also discuss Namibia's fishrot corruption scandal and politics in Algeria.  

    Background Readings:


    Why Mali Needs a New Peace Deal - Judd Devermont and Marielle Harris


    Under the Radar: Summer Edition - Judd Devermont and Ryan Cummings


    The Spoils of the Fishrot (Part 1) - Shinovene Immanuel and Tutaleni Pinehas


    Swapo's 'golden children' - Shinovene Immanuel


    Shaping the Future of Power - Lina Benabdallah  


    China loans Africa much less than you think - Lina Benabdallah (African Arguments)

    • 34 min
    Confronting the History of U.S.-Africa Policy

    Confronting the History of U.S.-Africa Policy

    The last 70 years of U.S.-Africa policy is underscored by a bipartisan legacy of continuity. How can it evolve to meet new challenges and realities? Ambassador Hank Cohen (Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs), Dr. Elizabeth Schmidt (Loyola University Maryland), and Dr. Adebayo Oyebade (Tennessee State University) join Judd Devermont for a lively discussion on the past, present, and future of U.S. policy toward Africa. Guests also discuss the implications of President Ouattara's candidacy for a third term in Côte d'Ivoire and Nashville's historic African diaspora.

    Background Reading:


    Under the Radar: Summer Edition - Judd Devermont and Ryan Cummings


    Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror - Elizabeth Schmidt


    Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War: Sovereignty, Responsibility, and the War on Terror - Elizabeth Schmidt


    US Foreign Policy in Africa and the 21st Century - Adebayo Oyebade 


    US Policy Toward Africa: 8 Decades of Realpolitik - Hank Cohen


    A New U.S. Policy Framework for the African Century - Judd Devermont

    • 38 min

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