The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa


the issues brief forum

The Issue Brief Forum series promote solutions by providing strategic and critical information to policymakers, stakeholders, and Africa-focused groups. The briefs are informed by experts and practitioners in relation to timely issues affecting U.S.-Africa relations.



Past Forums have covered topics like Evaluating the Progress of Education in Africa: Different Perspectives, hosted in partnership with Georgetown University and the World Cocoa Foundation. Democracy Threatened: The Legitimacy of Elections in Africa hosted in partnership with Howard University’s Ralph Bunch International Affairs Center, where most of the forum programs are held. 

Additional topics have included: Côte d’Ivoire at Crossroads”;  “The War on Terrorism: Its Impact and Implications for Africa;  The U.S. and China: Vying for Africa’s Burgeoning Market;  Mali: Assessing How Best to Restore Security and Stability in this West African Nation;  The Bifurcation of the African Continent: Bridging the Divide between North and sub-Saharan Africa;  Zimbabwe: Post Election Crisis“; “Recent Development in Liberia“; “Agriculture: Key to Africa’s Growth;  The Dilemma of Famine and Drought: What is Africa’s Prescription for the Future;  Promoting Youth-Inclusive Policies for Growth


past programs

The program Promoting Youth-Inclusive Policies for Growth: A Panel Discussion was held in September 2016 featuring Congressmember Karen Bass, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations together with The Honorable Mame Mbaye Niang, Minister of Youth, Employment and Citizenship, from the Republic of Senegal; The Honorable Mahamane Baby, Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, from the Republic of Mali and the Honorable Alieu K. Jammeh, Minister of Youth and Sports, from the Republic of The Gambia. The Honorable Ministers discussed the challenges and opportunities of Youth unemployment in their respective countries while public and private sector leaders shared evidence based policies and best practices.


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