Events

  • Judd Devermont and the Africa Futures Project Team

    Belfer Center

    Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Implementing a New U.S. Strategy for Africa: Assessing Progress, Challenges, and Priorities

    Thu., Apr. 11, 2024 | 3:30pm - 4:45pm

    Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

    Following the announcement of a new US Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, and a second US-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the goal of the Africa in Focus discussion series is to take stock of US-African relations to date, including unpacking key components of the US strategy, and understanding African perspectives on the current and future trajectory of US engagement on the continent.

  • Rama Yade & African Futures Project Team

    Belfer Center

    Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    A Shifting Landscape: Reflections on Africa's Youth Potential and Engagement with the U.S. and France

    Tue., Nov. 28, 2023 | 1:30pm - 2:45pm

    One Brattle Square - Room 401

    Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for its Fall 2023 discussion series—Africa in Focus: Reframing U.S.-Africa Policy.

    Following the announcement of a new U.S. Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, and a second U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the goal of this discussion series is to take stock of U.S.-African relations to date, including unpacking key components of the U.S. strategy, and understanding African perspectives on the current and future trajectory of U.S. engagement on the continent.

  • Chidi Blyden & The African Futures Project Team

    Belfer Center

    Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Security, Stability, and Economic Growth: A Holistic US Approach to Africa

    Fri., Nov. 17, 2023 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

    Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for its Fall 2023 discussion series -- Africa in Focus: Reframing U.S.-Africa Policy.

    Following the announcement of a new US Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa in August 2022, and a second US-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the goal of this discussion series is to take stock of US-African relations to date, including unpacking key components of the US strategy, and understanding African perspectives on the current and future trajectory of US engagement on the continent.

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Africa's Energy Transition: An Opportunity for a Renewed U.S-Africa Partnership

    Thu., Mar. 30, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Spring 2023, Africa in Focus: African Agency in International Climate Policy and Energy Geopolitics. This series centers African voices in discussing the causes, consequences, and policy solutions for global climate change. 

    This event will examine the challenges and opportunities for African states, and the continent at large, in transitioning to cleaner energy sources and the role that the U.S can play in supporting a just energy transition. 

    Registration

    This event is hybrid and RSVP is required. In-person participation is open to Harvard ID holders only. Members of the public are welcome to join online. 

    Speakers

    Rashid Ali Abdallah, Executive Director, African Energy Commission

    Katie Auth, Policy Director, Energy for Growth Hub

    Moderator

    Henry Lee, Director of Environmental and Natural Resource Program & HKS Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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    A recording of the event is available here

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Democratic Republic of Congo: Situational Awareness of Recent Escalation

    Wed., Mar. 1, 2023 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Rubenstein Building - Room 414 A/B

    The Democratic Republic of Congo has seen recent surge in violence, but very limited international attention. Reports of foreign mercenaries, competition for access to critical natural resources, and changing political dynamics complicate peace efforts. This panel will look at the humanitarian impact and the political and economic consequences of the conflict to the Great Lakes Region and globally. 

    Registration:

    This event is in-person only. Guests are required to show Harvard ID to access the facility. 

    Speakers:

    Dr. Yvan Yenda Ilunga, Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations, Salve Regina University

    Emmy-Lou Nicolaï, Emergency Officer, UNICEF

    Joshua Walker,  Director of Programs at the Congo Research Group

    Moderator:

    Dr. Jocelyn Kelly, Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Gender, Rights and Resilience (GR2)

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Green Growth: Climate Finance for African States

    Wed., Feb. 1, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Online

    Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Spring 2023, Africa in Focus: African Agency in International Climate Policy and Energy Geopolitics. This series centers African voices in discussing the causes, consequences, and policy solutions for global climate change. 

    This event will examine the challenges and opportunities for African states, and the continent at large, in securing and deploying finance to tackle climate change.

    Registration:

    This event is virtual and open to the public. RSVP is required. 

    Speakers:

    Chavi Meattle, Senior Analyst, Climate Policy Initiative

    Muthoni Nduhiu, Climate Finance Specialist (East Africa), African Development Bank 

    Daouda Sembene, CEO Africatalyst; fmr.  Director, IMF Executive Board

    Moderator:

    Natalie Colbert, Executive Director, Belfer Center 

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    A recording of the session is available here

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    2022 Uganda Ebola Outbreak: Situational Awareness

    Wed., Dec. 7, 2022 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    The 2022 Ebola outbreak caused by the Sudan virus in Uganda has been challenging and further complicating the country’s recovery efforts from COVID-19. This seminar will cover how Uganda has handled the outbreak that began in September 2022, its effect on the country’s social and economic recovery, and how global public health institutions are assisting in combating this new outbreak.

    Join Belfer Fellow Dr. Syra Madad in conversation with Dr. Amy Boore, Dr. Henry Kyobe, Dr. Joel Montomery, and Corti Paul Lakuma.

    While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    What Happened and What's Next: Reflections and Debrief on COP27

    Thu., Dec. 1, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Wexner Building - Room 102, Marc Heng and Family Conference Room

    Join Africa in Focus for a lunch roundtable debrief on the COP27 negotiations and what the agreement signifies for collective action on climate cooperation, finance, and support for developing economies on the continent and around the world. The event will include perspectives from members of the HKS community who participated in COP27.  

    Registration

    This event is in-person only and limited to members of the HKS community. Space is limited on first come, first serve basis. RSVP required. 

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    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and the Global Economy

    Thu., Nov. 3, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Littauer Building - Room 150

    The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is touted as a game changer for its potential to raise both competitiveness and productivity as corporations take advantage of economies of scale associated with one of the largest free trade areas in the world.  Africa in Focus, in partnership with the Center for African Studies, Africa Caucus, Africa Policy Journal and the Business and Government PIC, welcomes Afreximbank Chief Economist Hippolyte Fofack for a discussion on the potential of the landmark AfCTA to accelerate African economies and position the continent as one of the most attractive investment destinations.  

    Registration:

    This event is hybrid and open to the public. For those attending in-person, HUID must be shown to gain entrance into the building. 

    Speaker:

    Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist, African Export-Import Bank 

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    Climate, Conflict, and Food Security in Africa

    Wed., Oct. 26, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Online

    Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Fall 2022, Africa in Focus: African Agency in International Climate Policy and Energy Geopolitics. This series centers African voices in discussing the causes, consequences, and policy solutions for global climate change. 

    This event will examine the consequences of climate change on food security on the continent and how water and food scarcity impacts and is impacted by local and global conflict.  

    Registration:

    This event is virtual and open to the public. RSVP is required.  

    Speakers:

    Simeon Ehui, Regional Director for Sustainable Development for Africa, World Bank 

    Wanjira Mathai, Managing Director - Africa and Global Partnerships, World Resources Institute 

    Dhesigen Naidoo, Climate Adaptation Lead, South Africa Presidential Climate Commission & Senior Research Associate - Climate Risk and Human Security Programme, Institute for Security Studies Africa 

    Moderator:

    Robert Paarlberg, Associate, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard Kennedy School & Betty F. Johnson ‘44 Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Wellesley College 

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    A recording of the session is available here

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Road to COP27: African Priorities and Goals in Global Climate Negotiations

    Wed., Oct. 12, 2022 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Rubenstein Building - Room 414 A/B

    Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Fall 2022, Africa in Focus: African Agency in International Climate Policy and Energy Geopolitics. This series centers African voices in discussing the causes, consequences, and policy solutions for global climate change. 

    This event will examine African states priorities and goals in the lead-up to COP27 with a focus, amongst others, on the status of NDC, climate financing, and the role of non-governmental actors in assisting states with their negotiation strategies and the eventual implementation of climate agreements.   

    Registration: This event is hybrid and open to the public. RSVP is required.

    Speaker: Alice Ruhweza, Africa Region Director for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) 

    Moderator: Salina Abraham, Global Landscape Forum Africa Regional Manager, Harvard Kennedy School MPP Candidate 

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Africa in Focus: African Governments Navigating U.S. and China Relations

    Thu., Apr. 28, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

    Online

    Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Spring 2022 to examine the factors driving recent political transitions as well as geostrategic relations in Africa. This third and final session will delve into the nexus of political, security, and economic interests between African governments, China, and the United States, as well as how external actors are reacting to African governments’ evolving foreign policies and priorities.

    We will be joined by the following panelists:

    • Dr. Folashadé Soulé, Senior Research Associate at the Global Economic Governance programme (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford)  
    • Dr. Shirley Yu, Senior Practitioner Fellow with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (Harvard Kennedy School) and Director of the China-Africa Initiative (Firoz Lalji Institute, London School of Economics) 
    • Dr. Jendayi E. Frazer, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies (Council on Foreign Relations) and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 2005-2009
    • Natalie Colbert (Moderator), Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Harvard Kennedy School) 

    While this virtual event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

  • His Excellency Dr. Martin Kimani

    Dr. Martin Kimani

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    The African Story at a Time of Global Crisis | Martin Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN

    Tue., Apr. 26, 2022 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    Taubman Building - Nye A, 5th Floor

    The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, in partnership with the HKS Africa Caucus, is pleased to host His Excellency Dr. Martin Kimani, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, to share his perspective on current global crises.  Ambassador Kimani made headlines earlier this year for his public rebuke of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during a speech at the UN Security Council, demonstrating the powerful role Africa can play in global affairs, in a new era of great power competition.

    While this event is on the record, the event organizers prohibit any attendees, including journalists, from audio/visual recording or distributing parts or all of the event program without prior written authorization.

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    Workshop - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Africa in Focus: Coups and Civil-Military Relations in West Africa

    Tue., Apr. 12, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Online

    About the Series: Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Spring 2022 to examine the factors driving recent political transitions as well as geostrategic relations in Africa.  This discussion series will focus on political processes and competition, civil society demands, civil-military relations, and the recent rise in coup d’états, particularly in West African countries, Sudan, and Ethiopia.  We will also consider the challenges facing African governments and the African Union in coordinating an African foreign policy, highlighting relationships with the US and China, among other actors.

    This session will focus on coup d’états, civil-military relations, and political transitions in West Africa with speakers Dr. Naila Salihu, Program and Research officer at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), Dr. Joseph Sany, Vice President of the Africa Center at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and moderated by Dr. Zoe Marks, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

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    Workshop - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Africa in Focus: Civil Society and Populism in Sudan and Ethiopia

    Thu., Mar. 31, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

    About the Series: Join the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in a workshop series in Spring 2022 to examine the factors driving recent political transitions as well as geostrategic relations in Africa.  This discussion series will focus on political processes and competition, civil society demands, civil-military relations, and the recent rise in coup d’états, particularly in West African countries, Sudan, and Ethiopia.  We will also consider the challenges facing African governments and the African Union in coordinating an African foreign policy, highlighting relationships with the US and China, among other actors.

    This session will focus on Civil Society and Populism in Sudan and Ethiopia with guest speakers Hala Al-Karib, Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), and Michael Woldemariam, Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University, and moderated by Awab Elmesbah, an international development professional from Sudan.