Michelle D. Gavin

Ambassador Michelle D. Gavin is a Senior Fellow for Africa at the Council on Foreign Relations. She was formerly the Managing Director of The Africa Center, an institution dedicated to increasing understanding of contemporary Africa. From 2011 to 2014 she was the United States Ambassador to Botswana, and served concurrently as the United States Representative to the Southern African Development Community, or SADC. From 20092011, Gavin was a Special Assistant to President Obama and the Senior Director for Africa at the National Security Council.


Africa’s Crisis of Trust

How vaccine inequities and geopolitical shifts have eroded Africa’s trust in U.S. aid


Inside the Lab that Identified Omicron

For years Botswana's scientists have been on the cutting-edge of research


What the African Medicines Agency Needs Most to Succeed

The formation of the AMA is a milestone for drug safety and trust in Africa


Africa’s Urban Housing Crisis

Without new policy and investment to stimulate affordable housing, young people will continue to be left out in the cold