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Africa's Free Trade Economy


Council President's Club and leadership members are invited to engage in a private dialogue with Africa’s first Secretary-General of the AfCFTA, H.E. Wamkele Mene, on the landmark trade agreement and its global impact.

Parked trucks wait in 10km queue to cross the Kenyan-Ugandan border from the town of Busia

Agnes Binagwaho on Reimagining Global Health Equity in Rwanda

Women, Equity, and Global Development Forum

Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity, joined the Council to share the lessons that can be learned from Rwanda to inform global health equity.

Butaro Hospital in Rwanda
François Terrier

Commentary & Analysis

Disasters Increase, Faux Financing, & a Fever Pact

Global Food for Thought by Julia Whiting

Catch the week's top news and research in food, agriculture, and global development in our Global Food for Thought news brief.

A farmer works in their fields.
Defika Hendri
Food and Agriculture

The Gendered Impacts of Integrated Pest Management in Ethiopia and Beyond

Global Food for Thought by Coauthors

Integrated pest management benefits the environment, farmers' productivity, and time-strapped women around the world.

A woman harvests desmodium.
Desalegne Tadesse
Food and Agriculture


Considering a Soil Initiative for Africa

Policy Brief by David Nielson

This paper diagnoses the challenges faced by governments, international organizations and research institutions in mitigating and reversing the decline of soil quality in Africa.

Workers unload a truck of harvested cassava roots.
Food and Agriculture

​​Addressing China's Rising Influence in Africa

Policy Brief by Michael Tiboris

China’s growing contributions to African development should not automatically be feared, but their increased presence should create a recalibration in US approaches to development.

Chinese flag, Beijing, China.
International Development


Ian H. Solomon 

Nonresident Fellow, Africa
Council expert Ian H. Solomon
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Roger Thurow 

Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture
Council expert Roger Thurow