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Palaver Huts

“Palaver” is a word to describe a prolonged discussion between two parties and comes from the West African tradition of gathering an entire village into a hut to discuss a matter until it is resolved. Phelps Stokes’ Africa Roundtable is a platform where community organizers, activists, political leaders, nonprofit professionals, scholars, students, and researchers meet monthly to discuss challenges, strategies for action, new initiatives, and other issues specific to Africa. Palaver Huts take place once a month in Washington, D.C. and New York City as a forum to discuss pressing international issues with leaders in a relevant field.  A professional in the field to be discussed moderates each Palaver Hut and helps guide the conversation.  The end result is a constructive symposium of valuable information and an enlightening discussion about pressing issues that are affecting Africa and the larger world of international development.