Southern Africa’s future: are we at a tipping point?


After decades of violent coups and civil wars, the last 15 years have been a period of relative peace for Southern Africa. During this time, development in the region has progressed steadily, but acute challenges remain. Long-term analysis suggests that countries in Southern Africa may be approaching a tipping point. Decisions made today may determine whether the region retreats into a period of instability or advances toward a more prosperous, sustainable future.

This seminar will launch the Southern Africa development trends report commissioned by USAID in support of their five-year Regional Development Cooperation Strategy.

Chair: David Zounmenou, Senior Research Fellow, ISS


David Bohl, Researcher, Pardee Center

Alex Porter, Consultant, ISS

Dr Michele Ruiters, Africa Research Specialist, Development Bank of Southern Africa

Paul Pleva, Deputy Director, Regional Program and Project Development, USAID Southern Africa

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