About The Summit
The Africa Summit at Princeton, a two-day student-run conference hosted at Princeton University annually, stimulates debate and dynamic discussions around the contemporary developments, challenges, and opportunities facing the African continent. By gathering renowned scholars, visionary politicians, and cutting-edge entrepreneurial minds with passionate student bodies at Princeton and neighboring institutions, the Summit offers a unique platform to translate ideas and relationships 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.
The Future is African: Post-COVID Economic Recovery Reimagined
This year, the Summit will be held virtually, on Friday September 25 and Friday, October 2, 2020, under the overall theme of “The Future is African: Post-COVID Economic Recovery Reimagined”, which will be unpacked through keynotes and three separate virtual panel sessions on:
Panel 1 - Preparing Africa’s Youth for the Digital Economy
Panel 2 - Africa’s Economic Recovery: The Role of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Building Back Better
Panel 3 - Building Back Green and Resilient: Africa’s Economic Recovery Post- COVID 19
Through these sessions, the Summit will explore how Africa can navigate the challenges and opportunities of economic recovery to restore its pre-COVID positive growth trends -- by nurturing and harnessing the full potential of its youth, implementing AfCFTA while pursuing a clean energy and environmentally sustainable future – key foundations for building back better and putting the continent back on track for a lasting prosperity that is resilient.