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Africa-China-US in the Biden Era: Journalism Reporting Issues, Skills, and Strategies

In March 2021, the African Centre for the Study of the US, and the Africa China Reporting Project – both being research, teaching and public engagements entities at Wits University – convened a virtual session to discuss the journalism and media dimensions of the relations between Africa, China, and the United States. This was not…
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Africa and the Emerging Global Health Architecture

In July 2020, the authors of this article, observed in these pages the uncertainties that the Covid-19 pandemic had caused in the international system. We argued that the countries of the Global North and emerging powers such as China were more focused on tackling the pandemic in their own countries rather than assisting African nations.…
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Addressing value Chains and policies to enhance youth and women in African agriculture

In the previous article, we examined the hurdles facing Africa’s agriculture ranging from the limitations of scale and market impediment. In this article, we pick out value and supply chains and policies as prime areas of consideration. Youth and Women Entrepreneurs in the Value Chain Development of agriculture in Africa will allow the continent to…
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Information and communication technology as a pathway to enhancing the involvement of youth and women in agriculture

By John Karuitha and Bob Wekesa In the previous article, we discussed value chains and policies as factors in the role of women and youth in African agriculture and food security. In this article, we discuss some technological pathways for redressing the challenges. Technology can be useful in curing market failures, particularly because the youth…
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Encouraging Women and Youth Participation in Africa’s Agriculture

This three-part series addresses the role of women and youth in Africa’s agriculture, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. By John Karuitha and Bob Wekesa COVID-19 has intensified African countries’ vulnerabilities to the vagaries of agricultural production and supply shortages in times of crisis. For instance rice exports from Vietnam to Africa were halted in…
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Old and new African diaspora networks: intersections, distinctions and strategies

Introduction Animated discussions, vibrant debates and strategic policies around diaspora and migrations are as wide-ranging as they are historical and contested. This reflects heterogeneity in concept and practice attendant to past migrations and underlined by the current surge in the global circulation of people. No less evocative are issues around people of African descent dispersed…
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Breaking the ice: First Africa-US Public Diplomacy Conference

Co-hosted by Wits African Centre for the Study of the USA (ACSUS) and Centre on Public Diplomacy (CPD), University of Southern California (USC) Report of Part I of the Proceedings Gloria Ooko and Bob Wekesa Appreciation to Bongiwe Tutu for video editing Note: This report captures the morning session of the PD conference held on…
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Towards an African Policy Framework for Engaging the United States of America (USA)

Concept Note and Call for Book Chapters Introduction This concept note follows various discussions between the African Centre for the Study of the US (ACSUS) based at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) programs of the New York-based Social…
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Africa-US Cities Conference February 2023 City to City: Reshaping and Renewing Africa-US Relations

“The United States should work with African partners today to … start an urbanization initiative, including partnerships with U.S. cities, to help African cities plan for their growth in critical sectors like energy access, climate change adaptation, transportation, and water management” Joe Biden, 1 August 2019. Introduction The above quote by then presidential candidate, now…
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Africa-US Cities Research Group (AUC Research Group)

Introduction and Background This discussion paper is intended to start a process leading to the establishment of the Africa-US Cities Research Group, by clarifying the initiative, its purpose, agenda, and potential deliverables. It looks to serve as a deliberation, debate and consensus-building draft leading to buy-in by potential research group members and kick-starting a measurable…
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