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Building Bridges & Strengthening Partnerships

The Bridges Institute: Connecting African partners with global colleagues to help strengthen African governance and democracy through collaborative social development projects

sahel-strategy-forumSahel Strategy Forum (SSF)
The Sahel Strategy Forum (SSF), an innovative partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy, brings together senior diplomats from the Sahel, civil society, non-governmental organizations, academics, the private sector and policy analysts to highlight the fragility of the region, monitor events and offer policy recommendations to governments and multilateral institutions.

african-women-food-securityAfrican Women and Food Security
Why a food security project in a democracy-focused NGO? An old Camerouian proverb provides the rationale, noting, “A hungry stomach has no ears.” In other words, if a citizen is hungry, she/he is not going to listen to a discussion about democracy and good governance.

women-at-the-centerEthical Monotheism
Ethical monotheism, the concept that all five Abrahamic religions believe in one God who provides the guidelines for human morality, serves as the pillar for this upcoming project. Bridges is working with potential partners to collaborate on programs to counter extremist religious rhetoric.

mali-moving-forwardMali Affinity Group
Mali Affinity Group (MAG), birthed from the success of Mali Watch [link] and Mali Moving Forward [link], is a network of non-governmental organizations, government officials, the Mali embassy and its diaspora. This permanent initiative is committed to closely following the political events in Mali and monitoring progress of the country’s sustainable development.

mali-moving-forwardAfrica Policy Group
The Africa Policy Group (APG), formed in 2011, is a non-partisan coalition of 30 senior Africa experts. The goal of the group is to help shape a more robust U.S. Africa policy by deepening knowledge and discussing new findings about Africa among group members, and then sharing informed APG perspectives with Members of Congress, senior Administration officials and the private sector.