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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

A New Approach to Building Peace

Deep Dish Podcast

Although COVID-19 brought many aspects of our world to a standstill over the last year, violent conflict was not one of them. What can we do to end the cycle?

A woman from Somaliland flees her home due to drought
Global Politics

Closing Investment Gaps in African Aquatic Foods

Global Food for Thought by Faridah Ibrahim

Aquatic food systems in Africa face many challenges and chronic underinvestment. WorldFish is trying to change that with the Fish for Africa Innovation Hub.

Trek net fishermen haul in their catch on Fish Hoek beach in Cape Town
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