Event Details

Around the world, systemic corruption continues to impede market development and erode the legitimacy of political systems. Across Africa, leaders have attempted to tackle the corruption endemic in bureaucracies, business, and security forces, with varying success. As Africa has witnessed the rise of prominent women presidents such as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Joyce Banda of Malawi, these women have also vowed to tackle corruption in their respective countries, yet faced many obstacles in doing so.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) will host a panel discussion, The Weight of Corruption on Women Leaders in Africa, which will examine the vital role that women leaders in Africa can play – and the unique challenges they face – in combatting corruption in government and business. Our panel, including Dr. Joyce Banda, will share their insight on these issues, reflect on their experiences, and discuss how we can better equip our next generation of female leaders to overcome these obstacles and effectively combat corruption.

Light refreshments will be served.

Opening Remarks:

  • Andrew Wilson, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise


  • Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi
  • K. Riva Levinson, President and CEO of KRL International LLC
  • Emira Woods, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies
  • Lars Benson, Regional Director for Africa, CIPE (discussion moderator)

Speaker bios available here

  • When: Wed Feb. 21
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Address: 1211 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
    Washington DC,US 20036

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