About The Summit
The first ever Africa Summit at Princeton 5 - 6 April, 2019 was a resounding success. The Summit is an annual two-day conference, hosted at Princeton University, which seeks to encourage debate around contemporary challenges and opportunities facing the African continent. By gathering renowned scholars, leading politicians, and forward-thinking corporate and entrepreneurial minds together with our population of highly capable and passionate students at Princeton and neighboring institutions, the Summit provides a unique platform to exchange ideas and develop relationships that can be translated into meaningful action.
The major factor that differentiates our conference from the plethora of other Africa-related conferences in this country is the fact that as one of the smallest Ivy-League schools in the United States, Princeton is known for its distinct undergraduate focus. We believe the convergence of these two elements: the Woodrow Wilson School’s focus on governance, development and foreign policy and the unique youthfulness of the Princeton population, gives us a new and interesting perspective on Africa, the world’s youngest continent.
The Africa Summit at Princeton takes a nuanced approach by confronting Africa from the developmental perspective, allowing us to cover topics such as government and public policy, social justice, civic engagement, and other elements that relate to the public sphere, rather than being primarily concerned with private bodies and how they can help Africa grow.
The Africa Summit at Princeton is a manifestation of a cross-discipline, cross-community, and cross-background interest in Africa, and the desire to see sustainable change for the better.