Africa Forum: Challenges and Hope
March 28 & 29, 2008
Robert E. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium
Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Listen to audio from the forum and view the slideshow presentations by clicking the links below.

(Click here to download the speaker bios.)


Click here to view the opening video remarks from the
Honorable Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.



Session 1: Challenges & Progress on Africa's Sustainable Development

Listen to "Rethinking US/Africa Relations
and the Way Forward"

Mwiza Munthali (Malawi)
Public Outreach Director, TransAfrica Forum

Presentation followed by brief remarks by
Gerald LeMelle, Executive Director, Africa Action (NGO)


Listen to "Recent Progress in the Role of Agricultural Development in Reducing Poverty in Africa and Perspectives on the Way Forward"
Alejandro Nin Pratt
Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
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Presentation followed by brief remarks by
Larry Goodwin, Field Coordinator for Bread for the World



Session 2: Challenges & Progress on Africa's Leadership, Governance & Human Rights

Listen to Presentation by Jeff Thindwa (Malawi) Sociologist/Governance Expert, World Bank
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Listen to Presentation by Gerald LeMelle, Executive Director, Africa Action (NGO)



Session 3: Empowering Approaches toward Sustainable Development (in the Work of Church Missions, NGOs and Businesses)

Church Mission Perspectives and Experiences

Listen to Presentation by Ann King-Grosh, Country Representative for Somalia, Mennonite Central Committee

Listen to Presentation by Rhodes Woolly, Sr. Pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church, Winchester, Virginia
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Listen to Presentation by Sandy Roland-Binnoto: United Methodist Church Volunteer Mission Coordinator
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Listen to Presentation by Cliff Gilchrest (Member) & Doug Sensabaugh (Communications Director), from the Shenandoah Presbytery (and involved in the Presbyterian/Ethiopian Partnership and Hunger Action)

NGO Perspectives and Experiences

Listen to Presentation by Larry Goodwin, Field Organizing Coordinator, Bread for the World

Listen to Presentation by Diuto Esiobu (Nigeria), from the African Christian Fellowship USA and Professor at Florida Atlantic University
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Listen to Presentation by Alysson Ford, West Africa Regional Representative for Catholic Relief Services
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Listen to Presentation by Emmanuel Ike (from Nigeria). African Christian Fellowship (ACF) Missions, Inc.

Business Perspectives

Listen to Presentation by Rudy Bropleh (Liberia) - Adjunct Professor of Economics at Shepherd U. and Pastor at Asbury UMC
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Listen to Presentation by Charles Chuka (Malawi) - Senior Advisor to the Executive Director (World Bank)
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Listen to Presentation by Bob Downing: President of Spero Group