Conducting research and analysis on major elements of U.S. policy toward Africa that is centrist and forward looking.
Recent Event: Powering Africa's Progress
On October 11, the CSIS Africa Program and the ONE Campaign hosted Powering Africa's Progress, a discussion on the role of private investment in the power sector. More than 300 people attended the event, held at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., to hear a panel of distinguished business and development leaders discuss the opportunities to accelerate growth, investment, and development in Africa by expanding access to power. The event featured Nigerian business leader and philanthropist Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings, a proprietary investment company that is the lead African partner in the U.S. Power Africa Initiative. Mr. Elumelu was joined by Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank; Michael Elliott, president and CEO of the ONE Campaign, and Darius Mans, president and CEO of Africare.
For event highlights, including selected audio of each speaker and a link to the CSIS Africa Program Commentary by Mr. Elumelu, click here.
The core mission of the CSIS Africa Program is to conduct sustained and timely research and analysis on the major elements of U.S. policy toward Africa, with the aim of substantially shaping discourse in Congress, the executive branch, and among the broader policymaking community. The program fills a critical need in Washington for Africa policy analysis that is centrist and forward looking, defining what is at stake and offering policy recommendations that are timely, nonpartisan, and pragmatic.
The program's substantive focus is to emphasize new and emergent dimensions of U.S.-Africa policy, including U.S. policy to combat HIV/AIDS and infectious disease; priority conflict zones; critical bilateral relations; and rising U.S. energy and security interests. The program assembles a diversity of important U.S. interests from the human rights community, the corporate sector, relief organizations, congressional staff, administration officials, academics, and activists. The program also provides a platform to visiting African opinion leaders and seeks to integrate African perspectives into the Washington policy dialogue.
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