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Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura, Cheyney University's Director of Master in Public Administration Program, to Participate in National Discussion on "Africa in the Next 25 Years: Opportunities and Challenges"

April 8, 2014

NAPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

NAPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura, Director of the Master in Public Administration Program at Cheyney University, will participate in a high level discussion on “Africa in the Next 25 Years: Opportunities and Challenges,” at the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in Washington, DC on May 2.

Dr.  Mudacumura has been invited to share his insights and experiences from more than two decades of work on Africa-related issues. The panel seeks to consider specific roles that Africa and the United States can play to have a more prosperous Africa in the next 25 years. The discussion will focus on likely challenges and opportunities in Africa with special emphasis on governance issues, political stability, security, economic reforms and youth development.

NAPA, a charted professional membership organization established by the US Congress through its Africa Working Group (AWG), is seeking to deepen engagement in public administration and public sector reform issues in Africa.   The group (AWG) is a sub-committee of the International Standing Panel at NAPA in Washington, DC, chaired by Chinua Akukwe. Established in 2001, AWG’s mission is to enhance public administration and governance in Africa. 

Dr. Mudacumura holds a BS in Public Policy, and Master and Ph.D. in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University.  A native of Rwanda, Dr. Mudacumura has worked for the government of Rwanda on various development projects sponsored by the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development. His current research focuses on the impact of the current economic downturn on state and local government budgetary actions, and their combined influence on local economic development initiatives particularly in economically marginalized areas. Moreover, his research interest in international development explores the key factors that inhibit sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Mudacumura is the organizer, along with the Rwanda Governance Board, of the First and Second International Conference on Democratic Governance in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The 2014 conference will be held June 25-27 in Kigali, Rwanda. For more information on the Conference log onto http://www.cheyney.edu/urbancampus/Conference-on-Democratic-Governance.cfm.