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7th Annual African Diplomatic Forum.

Start/End Friday, November 22, 2013 09:00 AM EST -- 06:00 PM EST
Location Name SIPA (420 West 118th street, New York, NY (15th floor)

A new generation of leaders in Africa is grappling with a number of challenges, old and new, across the continent. In the public sector, good governance paradigms are shifting and democratic processes are taking hold, yet problems of electoral corruption and public mistrust remain. In the private sector, foreign direct investment and liberal economic reform are on the rise at the same time that resource exploitation and the merits of local versus foreign market control are debated. Leaders in the non-profit and social welfare sectors must grapple with the changing role of foreign aid, emerging micro-finance and social enterprises, and the capacity of local organizations to combat poverty, health, hunger and education related problems. New media and technology are changing the way millions of Africans communicate and connect with one another on a slew of social and economic issues. This conference will focus on how the nature of African leadership across the aforementioned sectors and in the different industries and levels of government among them is changing in response to these new challenges and opportunities.

Contact Zeze Ikhinmwin at oi2128@columbia.edu with any questions.