Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Drew Beck & Belinda O'Donnell

The YPFP Africa Discussion Group brings together a diverse group of young professionals who work on Africa-related issues or have a strong interest in the region. The group provides a platform for members to go beyond the headlines and connect with the issues that matter most. Our speaker events provide an opportunity to learn from and engage with speakers who are working to provide insight on new and ongoing political, economic, and security trends in African states, and shaping current U.S. and international policy in the region. 

Key Areas of Focus: 

Upcoming Elections in 2016
Trade and Investment
Conflict & Security Challenges
Press Freedom and Civic Space
U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa

Membership Criteria: 

The discussion group is only open to YPFP members. Due to high-demand and limited space, the Africa Discussion Group requires an application for membership. Ideal candidates will present a current or prior academic or professional background on Africa-related issues or an otherwise demonstrated interest in the continent. Candidates must also demonstrate a strong commitment to being an active member of the group and willingness to attend monthly meetings, to collaborate with group members on blogs or newsletters if the group decides, or other activities as necessary. Failure to attend three consecutive monthly meetings will lead to termination of Discussion Group membership.