To address the rapidly changing relationship between private enterprise and the development community, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a public panel discussion on Lessons that can be Learned from Power Africa, to identify effective models of innovative that can be scaled and replicated in support of U.S. foreign policy.
Daniel F. Runde, CSIS Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development whose work centers on leveraging American soft power instruments, opened the panel by stating, “There is a lot we can learn and take from [Power Africa]. And I would like to see it put on steroids, frankly.”
Jennifer G. Cooke, CSIS Director of Africa, who has championed Power Africa since its founding, stated in her opening remarks, “the idea of having flexible, nimble development tools that we can bring to the table is absolutely critical…it needs to be expanded. There are elements of it that can be applied, the principles of Power Africa, to many other sectors.”
Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow of CSIS Energy and National Security Program, helped moderate the panel, which featured Dr. Kate Steel, Energy Director of Power Africa, Nilmini Rubin, Former Senior Adviser, House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Vice President, Tetra Tech, Mima Nedelcovych, Former U.S. Executive Director, African Development Bank, and President & CEO, Initiative for Global Development, and Leocadia Zak, Former Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
You can watch the entire discussion here.