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Interview with Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki

11.3.23

On November 29th, 2022, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Samriddhi Vij sat down with the former President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki to discuss democracy in the Arab world, with a special focus on civil movements and women’s rights. 

Gender, Race and Identity

The Worst-Kept Open Secret: Sexual Abuse Crimes Perpetrated by UN Peacekeepers: We need criminal accountability, not guidelines, and blind eyes.

05.15.23

Introduction We have heard how rape is used as a weapon or tactic of war[i], but it is time to ask if sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is a weapon of the United Nations (UN) peacekeepers? The UN received approximately 2,000 SEA allegations perpetrated by UN peacekeepers between 2004 and 2014.[ii] In 2003, Kofi Annan, […]

A Playbook to Design & Deliver Financial Savings Solutions for Women

05.15.23

The gender gap looms large in financial inclusion. Across developing economies, women are six percentage points less likely than men to own bank accounts — in countries like Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Turkey, the gender gap is more than twenty percentage points. Men are more likely to report that they have saved any money in the […]

Nigerian Diplomat Implores African Countries to Leverage African Union Platform for Negotiations with Major Powers

05.13.23

In a recent interview with Africa Policy Journal, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Yahya Lawal emphasized the importance of African unity and collaboration in order to effectively leverage relationships with major powers. Ambassador Lawal highlighted the African Union’s Agenda 2063, a comprehensive plan that takes into account the interests of African countries.  He […]

International Relations and Security

Shifting the Focus from Weapons to Women: Reimagining Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

05.12.23

In this article, Bryn de Chastelain explores the benefits of gender-sensitive reintegration efforts within DDR programmes in DRC.

Ghana’s Vice President charts a new course for Africa’s growth on its own terms

04.16.23

Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, addressed the African Development Conference organized by Harvard Kennedy School’s Africa Caucus and Harvard Law Students Association in Cambridge,Massachusetts, emphasizing the importance of Africa charting its own course towards a more prosperous and inclusive future. The conference’s theme, “Reimagining Africa’s growth on our terms,” was described as timely and […]

International Relations and Security

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador Urges Africa’s Seat at the Table and an End to US Sanctions

04.14.23

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Tadeous Chifamba, recently spoke with the Africa Policy Journal in an exclusive interview, discussing various issues related to Africa’s relationships with superpowers. Ambassador Chifamba emphasized the importance of Africa being seen as an equal partner, rather than prey, and having a seat at the table. The interview was […]

Harvard Professor Champions Promotion of African Languages Through AI

04.8.23

The launching of Chat GPT by Open AI has sparked a heated debate about the future of language. Chat GPT is an AI-driven powered chatbot that allows people to have human-like conversations.  In an exclusive interview with the Editor-in-Chief of the African Policy Journal (APJ), Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u, John Mugane, Professor of the Practice of […]

The Quest for Sexual Reproductive Health Rights in Morocco

04.4.23

In this article, Yasmina Benslimane gives an overview of the current deadly situation of abortion rights in Morocco and the urgent need for legislative change.

Harvard’s Agbiboa Calls for Prioritization of Citizen Voices in Informal Transport Policy-Making in Africa

04.2.23

Daniel Agbiboa, an assistant professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University, has called on African policymakers to prioritize people’s voices when enacting policies concerning the informal transport sector in Africa. Speaking during an interactive program hosted by Africa Policy Journal, Professor Agbiboa highlighted the importance of considering the views of ordinary citizens […]

Fighting to Exist: LGBTQ Organizations in the Maghreb

03.31.23

While much of the Western world has provided legal protections for the LGBTQ community, this is not the case in most of the Islamic world.

Gender, Race and Identity

Participatory Interfaith Dialogue: The Keys to Addressing People’s Needs in Morocco

03.31.23

Interfaith dialogue – the opportunity to voice our histories – can deepen understanding and provide reconciliation between historically antagonistic groups if sought.

Gender, Race and Identity

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