“It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world.”

-Kwame Nkrumah


Kwame Nkrumah, former President of Ghana and political revolutionary, once said “It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world.” Kwame Nkrumah’s words call on all African people to unite and work towards the prosperity and rise of our mother Africa. The 2019 Conference for African Peace and Development will consider how all Africans all over the world can unite to inspire a wave of progress, innovation, and positive disruption in Africa.

The aim of the conference is to put all of us in conversation about ways in which we can all dedicate our lives and careers towards development and peace on the continent. The conference will address our theme through keynote speeches, moderated panels, workshops, a career fair, cultural events, and more.

Our first panel, Sexuality, Gender and Society in Africa, seeks to address womanhood, masculinity, sexuality, LGBTQ+ representation and equality in society. While many African nations are even more advanced than Western nations in terms of equality and rights for LGBTQ+ people, we still have a long way to go in terms of gender equality and sexual freedom in our societies. How can we balance cultural values and the need for Africa to keep up with shifting values in global society? Our second panel is focused on Healthcare and Technology on the continent. In addition to addressing the healthcare and medical issues facing Africa, this panel will also focus on reversing Brain Drain in Africa. How can we ensure that talented healthcare specialists, engineers, and physicians collaborate and develop innovative ways of addressing healthcare crises facing our continent? How will technology play a role in developing more effective and efficient systems on the continent? How can we ensure our education systems meet the rapidly-changing demands of globalism? The third panel will address Different Mediums of Activism to inspire change in Africa. This panel will explore different mediums of activism: television, art, social media, disruption as activism, and more. Is activism and radical action the most effective way on causing change? How can activists and other groups collaborate to ensure our governments and elected officials are held accountable? We will hear from activists and nonactivists and together engage in discourse over the most effective ways to inspire change. Finally, our fourth panel will address the Future of Economic Growth in Africa.  This panel will address the economic state of affairs across the continent, unemployment levels, job creation, entrepreneurship, foreign investments, and more. What is our role in contributing to the Economic landscape in Africa?

“Our children may learn about the heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves the architects of the future.” We are inspired by Jomo Kenyatta’s vision and call on members of our generation to spark a wave of change in Africa. Peace, development, and African prosperity will be achieved through the unity of all people of the diaspora and a generational wave of devotion to Africa’s progress. The 2019 Yale Conference for African Peace and Development, Africana, seeks to ignite this flame.

Yale Undergraduate Association for African Peace and Development

Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale

211 Park Street

New Haven, CT