Africa Discussion Group
Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Prudence Ukwishatse & Farha Tahir
The African continent is in a state of transition. Over the past decade, six of the world’s fastest growing countries have been in Africa. The continent is the world’s richest in terms of natural resources, and is fast becoming one of the world’s largest exporters of oil and gas. Still, as of 2010, 48 percent of Africans lived on $1.25 or less each day. While many governments have begun consolidate democratic gains, still others struggle with instability, corruption, and an inability to control territory beyond their capitals. Terrorism and insecurity have emerged as serious threats to many governments and pose serious challenges to the stability of individual countries, the region, and the international community.
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 discuss current events in Africa; emerging trends; new and ongoing political, economic, and security challenges; and and current U.S. and international policy toward the continent.
- States in Transition (i.e. South Sudan, Central African Republic)
- Elections (i.e. South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda)
- Trade and Investment on the Continent
- U.S. Power Africa Initiative
- Public Health
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 membership. The discussion group application is available here.