The Midwest Summit on African Development at Michigan State University was held June 25th and 26th, 2011 for scholars, students, members of the African diplomatic corps, the general public and representatives of foundations, governmental and non-governmental organizations to assemble for open discussions about their mutual and overlapping roles in support of African development.
The Town Hall
The Summit concluded with a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, June 26 starting at 1:30pm in the Auditorium of the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus. The general public participated in the conversation and helped shape new ideas and directions for Africa's development. The Town Hall format included two panel discussion with invited participants such as Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Agriculture & Food Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Richard Mkandawire, Director: Partnerships, Resource, Mobilization & Communication from the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Sam Dryden, Director for Agriculture with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Marv Baldwin, CEO of Foods Resource Bank.
The Midwest Summit is organized by Michigan State University, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, ONE, Auburn University, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, and the University of Wisconsin Madison.