Roundtable Discussion: The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Africa

The Institute for Policy Studies and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Present a roundtable discussion, moderated by Foreign Policy In Focus co-director Emira Woods, that will attempt to answer some of the following questions:

What is the impact on women, workers, and small-holder farmers? What are the challenges but also the opportunities that the crisis presents for the continent? What is Africa’s economic outlook? Is the continent in a better position to weather this crisis than it was in the ’80s and ’90s? Could the crisis bring an end to the Washington Consensus? What are the opportunities for structural change that meets the needs of people and the planet?

List of speakers:

Jose Gijon, Chief Africa economist and Head of the Africa Desk, OECD Development Centre Regina Amadi, Former Head of Africa, International Labor Organization Tony Avignan, Economic Policy Institute Briggs Bomba, Associate Director, Africa Action Leonce Ndkumana, Director of Development Research, African Development Bank

This event is co-sponsored by Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Africa Action, Transafrica Forum John Hopkins School of Advanced Studies, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars, American University’s Africa Council, and the Foreign Policy In Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Conference: Women and the Changing Global Outlook

Join the British Embassy and National Geographic Society for the Second Women’s Empowerment Conference on May 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. The conference will explore key issues related to Women in Africa as identified by the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal 3 to promote gender equality and empower women. This year’s theme is "Women and the Changing Global Outlook."

The event has a powerful line up of speakers, including:

Baroness Valerie Amos of Great Britain
Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai
CARE Ambassador and philanthropist Sheila Johnson
Ambassador Amina Salum Ali of the African Union
Emmy Award Winner Tracey Neale
FPIF Co-Director Emira Woods

And many more. This FREE conference promises to be an enlightening and inspiring event that will help to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in Africa.

Register at or call (202) 518-7523.

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