- State Department Bureau of African Affairs
- Business in Africa Campaign (fact sheet)
- Countering Terrorism in Africa (fact sheet)
- Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
- Foreign Policy
- Food Security & Global Hunger
- Health: U.S.-African Cooperation on Global Health
- Naval Piracy
- Power Africa (fact sheet) and U.S. Efforts to Increase Access to Power in Africa
- Threshold Programs (MCC fact sheet)
- Trade Africa (fact sheet)
- Water Issues (an IIPDigital collection)
29 June 2015 Amb. Power on U.N. Vote on Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur "Today, we have unanimously renewed the peacekeeping mission sent to protect the people of Darfur from those who would do them harm. ... We call upon the Government of Sudan and all armed groups to cooperate fully with UNAMID as it seeks to carry out the difficult and critical work of protecting civilians in Darfur against the backdrop of a “serious deterioration” of the security situation on the ground."
12 May 2015 State Dept. on New Reports of Fighting in South Sudan The United States is deeply concerned by new reports of heavy fighting in northern state of Unity following a Government offensive against Opposition forces. We remind all parties that renewed fighting is in direct contravention of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed in 2014.
06 May US Secretary of State Meets with Officials in Djibouti U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to hold meetings in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti Wednesday, the latest stop on his foreign tour that included a stop in Somalia on Tuesday.
05 May 2015 Secretary Kerry's Remarks in Mogadishu, Somalia
20 April 2015 U.S.-Norway-UK Joint Statement on Elections in Sudan The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) regret the Government of Sudan’s failure to create a free, fair, and conducive elections environment. ... The outcome of these elections cannot be considered a credible expression of the will of the Sudanese people.
15 April 2015 Security Adviser Rice’s Meeting with African Union Official National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today at the White House with African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Ambassador Rice commended the African Union’s leadership on global health issues, and the two discussed the need to continue focusing on Ebola until we get to zero cases.
30 March 2015 U.S.-United Kingdom Joint Statement on Elections in Nigeria Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote on March 28. The Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders.
03 March 2015 Amb. Power on Adoption of U.N. Resolution on South Sudan "Instead of pursuing
the well-being of their people, a variety of individuals have chosen to
place their own narrow political interests first, rather than making the
compromises necessary to get to peace.
Today’s resolution supports IGAD’s mediation efforts by laying the
framework for targeted sanctions."
• Assistant Secretary Richard: What South Sudan Really Needs (IIPDigital)
02 March 2015 Secretary Kerry on South Sudan Negotiations "The warring parties in South Sudan must seize the current and final round of negotiations to deliver a sustainable peace. We are well past the point where enough is enough. Leaders must put the interests of their people above their own. The violence must end. A negotiated conclusion to this conflict is required now."
28 February 2015 Summary of Deputy Assistant Secretary Feldstein's Trip to Sudan (IIPDigital) During his February 22-26 visit to Sudan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Steve Feldstein met with Sudanese government leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and civil society activists, including representatives of Sudan’s religious communities, journalists, and humanitarian groups and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Blue Nile State.
29 January 2015 State Dept. welcomes the Start of Military Operations Against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda The United States welcomes the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo of the start of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, an armed group that has inflicted immeasurable suffering on the civilian population of eastern DRC and Rwanda for over 20 years.
25 January 2015 Kerry in Lagos on Elections in Nigeria, Countering Extremism "And as I said in Davos, all of us must work together to advance a strategy that will not only stop groups like Boko Haram, Daesh, and al-Qaida, but that will address the environment from which these groups emerge."
20 January 2015 State Dept. on Dominic Ongwen's Transfer to International Court The United States welcomes the transfer of Dominic Ongwen by Central African authorities to the International Criminal Court today. Ongwen’s transfer to the ICC is a welcome step toward justice for the victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
23 December 2014 Joint Statement on Peace Talks in Sudan The members of the Troika (the United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States) welcome the ongoing efforts of President Thabo Mbeki and the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to help bring an end to the conflicts in Sudan, and to help initiate a process of genuine national dialogue.
13 December 2014 U.S. Envoy at U.N. Security Council on Peace, Security in Sahel "No matter how much humanitarian assistance is provided, without important governance, rule of law, and democratic reforms, no amount of international support will lead to the concrete positive gains that the people of the region desire, we all seek, and the region requires. We welcome Special Envoy Selassie’s efforts to continue to encourage the region’s leaders to undertake the kind of difficult institutional reforms needed for lasting peace."
12 December 2014 Statement by the President on One Year of Violence in South Sudan "To the people of South Sudan, who have suffered for far too long, I urge you to renew the spirit of hope, unity, and fortitude that enabled you almost four years ago to come together and vote for a brighter future. For the sake of future generations, I urge you to seek peaceful reconciliation rather than violent retribution. The United States will remain a friend to those who seek peace and progress, and will stand with the people of South Sudan."
01 December 2014 State’s Greenfield: Working with Africans for AIDS-Free Generation. "Each week, nearly 25,000 adults and 3,600 children die from AIDS globally. This includes nearly 18,000 adults and 3,400 children in sub-Saharan Africa alone."
12 November 2014 State Dept. on Investigation of Mass Rape in North Darfur The United States is deeply concerned by allegations of mass rape by Sudanese military forces in Tabit, North Darfur. While we take note that the Government of Sudan recently allowed access to the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to investigate these allegations, we regret the fact that initial access was denied, and after significant delays, access to potential witnesses and victims was only allowed under close observation of Sudanese security officials
11 November 2014 Joint Statement on Peace Negotiations in Sudan The text of this statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.
06 November 2014 New U.S. Advisory Panel Promotes Trade with Africa Trade and investment opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa were highlighted at the Discover Global Markets Forum November 5 and 6 in Atlanta. The event was part of a series of conferences aimed at helping U.S. business operate more effectively in the international marketplace.
04 November 2014 Treasury Secretary’s Visit Spotlights Africa’s Economic Potential U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s recent trip to Africa highlighted U.S. efforts to support African development, trade and investment.
17 October 2014 Term Limits Under Threat in Africa, Says State’s Thomas-Greenfield Thomas-Greenfield: "In early August, U.S. and African leaders had their first opportunity to discuss security, economic growth, development, and good governance during the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington."
14 October 2014 White House Facts on U.S. Aid to Nigeria Against Boko Haram
03 October 2014 State Dept. on Legislation Under Consideration by the Government of South Sudan The United States government urges the Government of South Sudan to engage in an inclusive consultation process on draft legislation aimed at regulating Non-Governmental Organization operations and the National Security Services. We are deeply concerned that the current NGO bill, as drafted, could restrict civil society space and hinder the formation and operation of NGOs.
29 September 2014 U.S. Pledges Another $83 Million in Emergency Aid for South Sudan The United States will send nearly $83 million in additional emergency assistance for internally displaced persons in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda
19 August 2014 Amb. Dunn on U.N. Security Council Visit to South Sudan "The Council is the long-time friend of South Sudan. It is, therefore, fitting and fair to characterize this visit as an emergency call given the deteriorating political, humanitarian and security crisis unfolding there. In less than 24 hours on the ground, we were able to hear from many key stakeholders and to convey the Council’s concern over the direction events have taken."
12 August 2014 State Dept. on Response to the Ebola Virus
11 August 2014 Kerry on Failure of South Sudan Peace Talks (via IIPDigital)
06 August 2014 African, U.S. Leaders Announce New Partnerships to Help Farmers The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition now has commitments from private investors totaling more than $10 billion, U.S. and African officials announced at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. These new investments are expected to create about 650,000 jobs and reach over 5 million small-holder farmers in initial New Alliance and Grow Africa countries.
06 August 2014 U.S. Support to Africa through the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (State.gov) During 2010, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) established the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) to raise extra-budgetary funds for Agency activities that promote the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. ... For the Summit on August 4-6, 2014, the United States allocated more than $1.5 million of its PUI contributions to IAEA projects that aim to expand radiotherapy and radiopharmacy capacities in Africa to fight cancer.
• Read as PDF (state.gov)
06 August 2014 Facts on Security Initiative Between U.S., 6 African Partners Today the President announced the Security Governance Initiative (SGI), a new joint endeavor between the United States and six African partners that offers a comprehensive approach to improving security sector governance and capacity to address threats.
05 August 2014 U.S.-Africa Forum 'Will Catalyze Billions in Business Deals' “Africa is no longer a sleeping giant but is awake and open for
• Facts on Doing Business in Africa Campaign
05 August 2014 Remarks by President Obama at U.S.-Africa Business Forum (Whitehouse.gov)
05 August 2014 African Leaders, U.S. Officials Counter Wildlife Trafficking (via IIPDigital) The illegal trade in wildlife is a global challenge that demands a global response, an international panel of officials agreed at a meeting held as part of the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
05 August 2014 Facts on U.S. Efforts to Increase Access to Power in Africa [In 2013], President Obama launched Power Africa, an
innovative private sector-led initiative aimed at doubling electricity
access in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, the President announced a renewed commitment to this
initiative, and pledged a new level of $300 million in assistance per
year to expand the reach of Power Africa across the continent in pursuit
of a new, aggregate goal of 30,000 MW of additional capacity to Africa
and increasing electricity access by at least 60 million household and
• Secretary Kerry at U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Signing Ceremony (state.gov)
04 August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Opens in Washington President Obama is welcoming more than 50 African leaders for a three-day U.S.-Africa summit that begins August 4 in Washington. The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia canceled their trips because of the Ebola outbreak in their countries. Leaders of four other African nations — Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Central African Republic — were not invited because of their countries’ poor records on human rights.
04 August 2014 Key Facts on U.S.-African Cooperation on Global Health
30 July 2014 Michelle Obama at Meeting with Young African Leaders MRS. OBAMA: I don’t want to do too much talking because I just talked in there. You heard my thoughts. But I’m really interested in hearing from you.
30 July 2014 USTR Froman at Senate Hearing on AGOA (via IIPDigital)
28 July 2014 Obama at Young African Leaders Summit in Washington (IIPDigital)
24 July 2014 State Dept. on Pact to End Violence in Central African Republic On July 23, the parties signed a “Cessation of Hostilities Agreement” to stop the violence in the country. This cessation of hostilities agreement represents an important step toward stopping the bloodshed in the Central African Republic and preparing the way for a peaceful and democratic political transition.
23 June 2014 U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in the Central African Republic (State.gov) Today the United States announced nearly $51 million in additional humanitarian aid to support those affected by the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic. This new assistance brings the total U.S. humanitarian funding for the crisis to nearly $118 million in Fiscal Year 2014
12 June 2014 Fighting Gender-Based Violence in DRC Also Fights Hunger Today, Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard announced nearly $22 million in additional humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.
04 June 2014 U.S. Launches “Beyond the Grid” Energy Effort for Africa Washington — The U.S. government launched an effort June 3 to increase energy access for underserved communities across sub-Saharan Africa.
27 May 2014 Treasury Official Emphasizes U.S. Commitment to Africa (IIPDigital) Emphasizing the U.S. commitment to strengthening economic growth in Africa, U.S. Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin on May 23 led the U.S. delegation to the African Development Bank’s annual meetings in Kigali, Rwanda. The meetings marked the culmination of Raskin’s two-day visit to Rwanda, and the first international trip of her Treasury tenure.
20 May 2014 U.S. Pledges Additional Humanitarian Assistance to South Sudan The United States today announced nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance to help the people of South Sudan who have been placed at risk by the conflict that began last December.
15 May 2014 State’s Jackson at Senate Hearing on Threat of Boko Haram (IIPDigital)
14 May 2014 Boko Haram and U.S. Counterterrorism Assistance to Nigeria Secretary Kerry: “The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime, and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian Government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice. I will tell you, my friends, I have seen this scourge of terror across the planet, and so have you. They don't offer anything except violence. They don't offer a health care plan, they don't offer schools. They don't tell you how to build a nation; they don't talk about how they will provide jobs. They just tell people, "You have to behave the way we tell you to," and they will punish you if you don't.”
12 May 2014 Amb. Power at U.N. Meeting on Central African Region Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Meeting on the Central African Region
10 May 2014 Michelle Obama on Kidnapping in Nigeria, Education for Girls In this week’s [White House] address, first lady Michelle Obama honors all mothers on this Mother’s Day and offers her thoughts, prayers and support in the wake of the unconscionable terrorist kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls.
10 May 2014 U.S. Envoy Power on U.N. Sanctions for Central African Republic "The United States welcomes the decision by the United Nations Security Council’s Central African Republic (CAR) Sanctions Committee to impose sanctions on three individuals in CAR."
09 May 2014 National Security Advisor Rice on Peace Agreement in South Sudan (via IIPDigital)
08 May 2014 U.S. Military to Assist in Search for Missing Nigerian Girls Washington — About 10 U.S. Africa Command military personnel will be part of a U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government in its efforts to find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Steve Warren said May 7.
08 May 2014 USAID Programs Seek to Reunite, Support South Sudanese Families Violence and insecurity in South Sudan have forced more than 1 million people from their homes since mid-December.
06 May 2014 Senior Administration Officials on South Sudan (IIPDigital)
04 May 2014 Secretary Kerry: Ensuring Africa's Rise Continues "This is a moment of great opportunity for Africans. It is also a moment of decision. ... Many of the choices are crystal clear. African leaders need to set aside sectarian and religious differences in favor of inclusiveness, acknowledge and advocate for the rights of women and minorities, and they must accept that sexual orientation is a private matter. They must also build on their economic progress by eliminating graft and opening markets to free trade."
01 May 2014 Pressure Grows as South Sudan Peace Talks Resume South Sudan’s warring factions resumed face-to-face peace talks on April 30 — the third such effort this year. The resumption of negotiations coincides with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's meeting with regional leaders in Addis Ababa, where they agreed on the need for a legitimate force to stabilize South Sudan.
• Kerry at U.S.-African Union Dialogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
24 April 2014 Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Recent Targeting of Civilians in South Sudan "The United States condemns the outrageous and deliberate targeting of civilians in South Sudan. The "Cessation of Hostilities" agreement signed three months ago appears to have been treated more like a commitment to sustain hostilities."
24 April 2014 U.S. Companies Explore Opportunities in Africa’s Energy Sector A high-level meeting on energy needs in Africa, held April 22 in Miami, was the latest U.S. government effort to connect American companies with opportunities to provide energy services on the continent.
10 April 2014 U.S. Support for UN Security Council Resolution Authorizing a UN Peacekeeping Operation for the Central African Republic "The United States commends the United Nations Security Council for its leadership in adopting a forward looking resolution today to address the crisis in C.A.R."
09 April 2014 Ambassador Power to Troops in Central African Republic (IIPDigital)
06 April 2014 Statement by the President on the 20th Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda (Whitehouse.gov) "We join with the people of Rwanda in marking twenty years since the beginning of the genocide that took the lives of so many innocents and which shook the conscience of the world. We honor the memory of the more than 800,000 men, women and children who were senselessly slaughtered simply because of who they were or what they believed"
31 March 2014 U.S. Poverty-Fighting Agency Affirms Strong Anti-Corruption Focus The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation board of directors, at its quarterly, affirmed the global anti-poverty agency’s commitment to collaborate with experts, data scientists and other U.S. government agencies on finding better tools for measuring corruption.
08 March 2014 U.S. Concern About Escalation of Violence and Insecurity in Darfur (State.gov) "We are deeply concerned by the recent escalation of violence by the Sudanese Government-supported Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Darfur. The United States strongly condemns attacks on civilians and calls upon the Government of Sudan to prevent further violence and to cease its own campaign of aerial bombardments. ... The Government of Sudan has refused to allow UNAMID peacekeepers access to the area to investigate these incidents."
04 March 2014 Democratic Republic of the Congo at Crucial Crossroad, Envoy Says Speaking before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations February 26, Russell Feingold, the U.S. special envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region, said the region stands at a crossroads between peace and ongoing conflict.
27 February 2014 Sudan, South Sudan Can Still Find Peace, U.S. Official Says Despite ethnic and political rivalries that have resulted in bloodshed and social upheaval in Sudan and South Sudan, peace is possible for the two countries, according to Donald Booth, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy to the two nations.
26 February 2014 Power Africa Sheds Light on New Opportunities Washington — Power Africa, an initiative to improve reliable access to electricity for millions of Africans, has been investing in a range of energy projects that partners hope will boost economic growth in African nations.
08 February 2014 State Dept. on Cessation of Hostilities Violations in South Sudan "We are deeply concerned by reports of violations by both the Government of South Sudan and anti-government forces of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa on January 23. We urge the redeployment or phased withdrawal of foreign forces invited by either side, and warn of the serious consequences which could result from any regionalization of this conflict."
05 February 2014 State Dept. on Sectarian Violence in Central African Republic "This sectarian violence must end. The people of CAR must seize the opportunity afforded by its newly appointed transitional leadership and a strong level of international support to end the present crisis and move toward a stable and peaceful society. This will not be successful unless all groups look toward the future and break the cycle of violent retribution for past events. "
30 January 2014 State Dept. Media Briefing with Deputy Secretary William Burns Burns: "It truly is an honor for me to represent the United States here in Addis Ababa at the 22nd African Union Summit. When President Obama and Dr. Dlamini-Zuma met last June, they committed to broaden and deepen the partnership between the United States and the African Union."
26 January 2014 Kerry on Renewed Violence in Central African Republic (IIPDigital)
24 January 2014 Obama Welcomes Cease-Fire in South Sudan President Obama says a cease-fire in South Sudan is the first step toward ending civil strife that has resulted in thousands of deaths — military and civilian — in five weeks of violence. South Sudan’s government and rebel leaders signed a cease-fire agreement on January 23. Talks are set to resume in early February, but a question remains about the status of 11 former government officials being detained by the government.
23 January 2014 State Dept. on Cessation of Hostilities in South Sudan The United States welcomes the signing of a cessation of hostilities between the Government of South Sudan and opposition forces. This agreement is a critical first step toward building a lasting peace in South Sudan, but it is only the beginning of a much longer process to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict, to foster reconciliation, and to hold accountable those who committed horrific abuses against the South Sudanese people.
22 January 2014 Scientists Collaborate on African Swine Fever Research Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s main animal-disease research facility in collaboration with scientists around the world have intensified their efforts to find ways to curb the spread of deadly African swine fever (ASF). African swine fever is a contagious viral disease present in domestic and wild swine. The disease is transmitted by ticks moving from sick to healthy animals, by garbage containing infected meat, and on the clothing of people moving between farms.
21 January 2014 U.S. Welcomes Selection of New Transitional President of the Central African Republic The United States welcomes the selection of Catherine Samba-Panza as Transitional President in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). As C.A.R.'s first woman head of state since the country’s independence, and with her special background in human rights work and mediation, she has a unique opportunity to advance the political transition process, bring all the parties together to end the violence, and move her country toward elections not later than February 2015.
16 January 2014 Power Africa Draws New Investment to Region The U.S. initiative that aims to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa has drawn new investments to the fast-growing region, according to representatives of three key agencies that support the project.
09 January 2014 State's Thomas-Greenfield on Situation in South Sudan Thomas-Greenfield: "Today, tragically, the world’s youngest country and undoubtedly one of its most fragile democracies is in danger of shattering. The United Nations has reported more than a thousand people have died and over 240,000 have fled their homes including a number of refugees in neighboring countries...This is not the future for which the people of South Sudan voted"
05 January 2014 State Department on Start of Direct Talks on South Sudan Today the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) announced the start of direct talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between the parties to the conflict in South Sudan.
23 December 2013 U.S. Envoy Urges Talks to End South Sudan Violence U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit in Juba as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to halt the country’s violence between rival ethnic and political factions.
21 December 2013 Secretary Kerry on Violence in South Sudan The international community is laser-focused on the deeply alarming violence in South Sudan.
•Readout of Secretary Kerry and South Sudanese President Kiir (State Dept. link)
19 December 2013 U.S. Concerned About Central African Republic Violence The United States is deeply concerned about the sectarian violence that has swept across the Central African Republic (CAR), and particularly the nature of the attacks on civilians, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield says. The violence stems from the Seleka rebellion, which began in December 2012 and has taken an “alarming turn for the worse,” Thomas-Greenfield said.
17 December 2013 Responding to the Humanitarian, Security, and Governance Crisis in the Central African Republic "We are deeply concerned by the horrific violence across Central African Republic (CAR), particularly the increasingly sectarian nature of the attacks on civilians, as you described. We are working closely with the international to end the violence and restore security to CAR."
12 December 2013 Ethiopia Partners with G8 to Improve Land Governance The governments of Ethiopia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany announced a partnership December 9 to improve rural land governance to support economic growth in Ethiopia and protect the land rights of local citizens.
04 December 2013 State Dept. on Situation in the Central African Republic (via State.gov) The United States is appalled by today’s reports of the murder of innocent women and children outside of Bangui. This horrifying account is the latest in a string of reports that illustrate the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) that could lead to an escalation in violence and further atrocities.
02 December 2013 Facts on Promoting Legacy of Nonviolence in Niger Delta As an economic and cultural giant with a growing and dynamic population, Nigeria plays a critical role in Africa. The United States has a strong interest in supporting the country’s peace, prosperity, and security. Essential to this is the stability of the resource-rich Niger Delta – an economic engine of the country, but a region historically prone to violence. The absence of a ‘social contract’ at the local level, coupled with poor public service delivery, youth unemployment, environmental degradation, upcoming national- and state-level elections and the planned end of amnesty, leave the Delta vulnerable to renewed conflict. Reducing that vulnerability is in the interests of both the U.S. and Nigeria.
08 November 2013 U.S. Aid Agency Releases Country Performance Scorecards The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation on November 6 released its scorecards for the fiscal year that began October 1. The scorecards use independent, third-party data to measure countries’ policy performance and give them scores on the 20 indicators MCC uses to assess eligibility for its assistance programs.
25 October 2013 U.S. Aid Agency Tops in Transparency, Global Tracker Reports The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is the top-ranked foreign assistance agency for transparency, according to a new report from the London-based aid tracker Publish What You Fund. In its “2013 Aid Transparency Index,” the group gave MCC a score of 89 percent, or more than double the average score of the 67 organizations assessed for publishing useful information on their aid activities.
24 October 2013 State, Defense Officials Work with African Partners for Stability The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) is well on the way to achieving the goals for its creation — building stronger partnerships and increased coordination between the United States and sub-Saharan African governments and regional organizations. AFRICOM’s commander, said the 5-year-old Defense Department campaign is working to achieve a more “safe and secure Africa.”
23 October 2013 U.S. Officials Lead U.N. Security Council Visit to Rwanda U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power led a U.N. Security Council delegation on its first official visit to Rwanda since 2009 to assess the security situation and meet with Rwandan officials to discuss peace efforts in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
23 October 2013 Summit Between the Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan (via State.gov) "The United States welcomes the continuing engagement of the Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan, who met in Juba yesterday to improve bilateral cooperation and make progress in implementing the September 27, 2012 agreements for resolving issues stemming from the separation of Sudan and South Sudan."
21 September 2013 State Department on Terrorist Attack at Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya (via State.gov) Sec. Kerry: "Today's terrorist massacre of so many innocents is a heartbreaking reminder that there exists unspeakable evil in our world which can destroy life in a senseless instant. I want to express my deepest condolences - and the condolences of our entire nation - to the families and friends of the victims in Nairobi today. …Although we have no reports of any Americans killed today, we have lost a member of our own State Department family: The wife of a foreign service national working for the U.S. Agency for International Development. "
23 September 2013 Obama's Meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan President Obama met President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria today in New York. The presidents reaffirmed their commitment to fighting terrorism, including the importance of bringing the insurgency in northern Nigeria to an end. The President underscored the importance of combating terrorism via a comprehensive approach that creates economic opportunity and ensures that human rights are protected and respected.
19 September 2013 U.S. Pledges $69 Million in Support of Somalia's New Deal Compact (state.gov) At the September 16, 2013 New Deal conference for Somalia, in Brussels, a delegation of U.S. government officials underlined U.S. support for the priorities of Somalia’s New Deal Compact and pledged $69 million to promote and strengthen already existing programs in community stabilization, economic growth, education, and enhancing democracy, governance, and rule of law.
04 September 2013 USAID, Coca-Cola Make New Investments in Clean Water for Africa At World Water Week in Stockholm September 3, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Coca-Cola Company announced support for new programs to provide clean water and sanitation services in Africa. “This important public-private partnership builds on our agency’s new and first-ever Water and Development Strategy to improve health and food security across the world,” said USAID’s administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah.
13 August 2013 U.S. Trade Chief Launches Efforts to Boost Ties with East Africa The U.S. Trade Representative has announced new efforts to ease the flow of trade in East Africa and expand the existing U.S.–East African Community trade and investment partnership. The review aims to build on AGOA’s successes and address its challenges for the future. AGOA is set to expire September 30, 2015. The forum also highlighted trade and investment partnerships between the United States and Africa.
12 August 2013 Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Forum Considers Region's Potential The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has enhanced economic progress and stability in sub-Saharan Africa and improved business for both African and American companies, says the top U.S. trade negotiator. AGOA enables 39 eligible sub-Saharan countries to export most of their products to the United States duty-free.
12 August 2013 Trade Chief Encourages U.S.-Africa Economic Expansion Business and government representatives from the United States and sub-Saharan Africa should work to expand their economies together, learning from their successes and from other trading partners, says U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. Speaking on the first day of the two-day forum on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Froman said forum representatives need to prepare for a new AGOA after the current law expires September 30, 2015. Representatives at the meeting include leaders from academia and civic groups.
11 August 2013 USTR on Following Through on the U.S. Commitment to Africa U.S. trade with Africa has grown under the African Growth and Opportunity (AGOA) Act – but there is so much more we can do: that’s the message Ambassador Froman delivered today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in conversations and events with partners from civil society, business, and governments from across the continent.
06 August 2013 U.S. Seeks Seamless Renewal of African Trade Agreement The United States wants a “seamless” renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the U.S. law that offers trade incentives to African countries that open their economies.
03 August 2013 Secretary Kerry on Zimbabwe’s Presidential Election
01 August 2013 Trade, Investment Fastest Way to Boost African Economies African nations and the United States agree open trade and investment are the fastest ways for African economies to boost economic growth, spur development and reduce poverty, a senior U.S. official says.
31 July 2013 U.S.-Africa Trade Is Powerful Engine for Growth
29 July 2013 State Dept. on Mali's Presidential Election
27 July 2013 State Department on Attack on Diplomatic Residences in Somalia (Linked to State Dept. website).
26 July 2013 U.S. Launches Two New Food Security Partnerships with Africa The top U.S. aid official announced two new partnerships July 25 aimed at improving crop production and reducing hunger in Africa.
19 July 2013 USAID's Shah on Humanitarian Aid Access in South Sudan "We are gravely concerned by the serious escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Pibor County in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. As many as 120,000 civilians have fled their homes as a result of recent spikes in the ongoing battle between state and non-state armed actors and inter-communal clashes. These vulnerable populations are living outside of protected communities and without consistent access to food, safe drinking water, shelter, and health care."
16 July 2013 U.N. Security Council on Situation in Sahel, West Africa The Security Council reaffirms its concern about the alarming situation in the Sahel region and its commitment to address the complex security and political challenges in this region that are inter-related with humanitarian and developmental issues as well as adverse effects of climate and ecological changes. The Security Council welcomes, in this context, the deployment of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) following the transfer of authority from the African-led International Support Mission in Mali to MINUSMA on 1 July 2013.
08 July 2013 $2 Million Challenge Supports Off-Grid Energy to Power Africa The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) is teaming up with General Electric Africa to launch the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge, USADF and GE announced July 2.
03 July 2013 Partnership Tackles Hunger, Poverty in Africa The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) have announced a partnership intended to accelerate smallholder farmer access to transformative agricultural technologies in Africa.
01 July 2013 Obama Launches Major African Trade Initiative President Obama launched a major trade partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa aimed at expanding trade.
Obama told a meeting of 22 chief executive officers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that “Trade Africa” is designed to expand trade and economic ties between Africa and the United States and global markets.
• White House Fact Sheet on Trade Africa Partnership
30 June 2013 Obama Unveils Massive Electric Power Initiative for Africa President Obama June 30 announced a massive initiative to double
access to electricity across sub-Saharan Africa. The United States will
support the effort with a $7 billion investment over the next five
years. The president unveiled “Power Africa” in his address to a crowd of
1,100 at the University of Cape Town, part of a weeklong trip to three
African nations including Senegal and Tanzania.
• White House Facts on Power Africa Initiative
27 June 2013 Obama Praises Senegal as Example of Democratic Accountability President Obama said Africa is “a continent on the move,” with six of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world, and he highlighted Senegal as one of Africa’s most stable democracies and strongest U.S. partners. Speaking with Senegalese President Macky Sall in Dakar, Obama said it is “a moment of great progress and great promise for the continent,” as African countries like Senegal are seeing economic growth, empowering their citizens, and making improvements in their democratic governance.
24 June 2013 Obama to Highlight Trade, Democracy in Africa Visit President Obama’s second visit to sub-Saharan Africa will take him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania June 26–July 3, where he will encourage greater U.S. trade and investment links with the continent, as well as the strengthening of African democratic institutions.
30 May 2013 U.S. Offers Reward for Leaders of Lord's Resistance Army The U.S. government is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest, transfer or conviction of three leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has been committing atrocities in central Africa and the Great Lakes region of the continent.
29 May 2013 Ambassador Rice at U.N. on Situation in Central Africa "For almost three decades, the Lord’s Resistance Army has wreaked havoc and perpetrated mass atrocities on the people of Central Africa and the Great Lakes region. …This Council has repeatedly condemned the LRA’s atrocities and supported decisive measures to end them … Our common commitment has resulted in notable progress. OCHA reports that, overall, there was a significant drop in the number of LRA attacks in 2012, compared to 2011."
15 May 2013 Trade Has Helped Change Global View of Africa, Official Says The world has a new image of Africa as a continent of progress and promise, and trade lies at the heart of its economic resurgence, a senior State Department official told global leaders.
07 May 2013 U.S. Commits $40 Million More to Support Somalia The U.S. government is committing nearly $40 million in additional funds to support development, stabilization and security-sector reform in Somalia, according to Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. “The initial transition has come to an end, a newly elected government is firmly in place, and dialogue about the future of Somalia is underway,” Burns said an international conference on Somalia in London May 7.
07 May 2013 Fact Sheet: U.S. Assistance in Somalia U.S.
assistance to Somalia aims to: help develop a stable government; ensure Somalia
is not a safe-haven for terrorists; respond to and mitigate humanitarian
crises; combat piracy; and prevent instability in Somalia from destabilizing
the region. On January 17, 2013, the
United States formally recognized the Federal Government of Somalia as an
acknowledgement of the recent political and security gains in Somalia. Thanks to the hard-won successes of Somali
and international security forces in Somalia, U.S. assistance reaches some areas
previously inaccessible due to security concerns.
• UK commits to help Somalia improve security and prevent famine (via gov.uk)
• Somalia Conference 2013: Communiqué (via gov.uk)
12 April 2013 U.S. Supports Justice Reform in Afghanistan, South Sudan The United States is providing the International Development Law Organization with $59 million to reform the Afghan justice sector and $2.5 million to upgrade the justice sector of South Sudan, the newest country in Africa. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield provided the funding figures when he participated in a conference in Washington.
07 April 2013 President Obama on 19th Anniversary of Genocide in Rwanda (IIPdigital.gov)
07 April 2013 Secretary Kerry on the Commemoration of 19th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda (State.gov)
25 March 2013 Kerry on New U.S. Assistance for People in Sahel "I am pleased to announce that the United States is providing an additional $51 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of the Sahel region. … This brings our total humanitarian contribution to the region to nearly $520 million since fiscal year 2012."
17 March 2013 State Dept. on Deteriorating Security in Central African Republic The United States is deeply concerned about the continued deterioration in the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) … The United States urgently calls on the Seleka leadership and on the CAR government to ensure that their forces respect the human rights of the Central African people.
12 March 2013 Apps4Africa Winners Recognized for Business-Friendly Innovations The three winning teams in the Apps4Africa 2012 Business Challenge accepted their awards at a March 6 event sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda. They urged fellow innovators to keep up their efforts to find ways of using new technologies to boost Africa’s economic development.
28 February 2013 USAID's Shah Optimistic About Somalia's Future Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said he is optimistic about the future of Somalia. He became the highest-ranking U.S. government official to visit Somalia in more than 20 years.
25 February 2013 State Dept. on Peace Agreement for DRC and Region The United States strongly supports the initiative of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and ten other African heads of state in signing the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, witnessed by three African regional bodies and the United Nations.
14 February 2013 Carson: End to Mali Instability Requires Work on Root Causes While the Obama administration supports the ongoing French and African military operations in Mali, neutralizing the terrorist threat in the Sahel region will be a long-term effort and will require addressing the underlying causes of violence and instability, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told U.S. lawmakers.
12 February 2013 State’s Carson Calls for Global Effort to Help DRC The international community has a “moral imperative” to act more effectively to break the cycle of death and suffering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson.
08 February 2013 Eastern African, U.S. Officials Discuss Security Threats Increased regional cooperation is crucial for addressing the irregular security threats facing Eastern Africa, senior officials from the United States and Uganda told participants at the launch of a workshop titled “Improving Regional Responses to Transnational and Irregular Threats in Eastern Africa.”
25 January 2013 U.S. Designates M23 Leaders for Fomenting Conflict in DRC The United States has designated two senior leaders of the Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) militant group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as persons contributing to the ongoing conflict in the country.
22 January 2013 State Dept. on Failure to Implement Sudan–South Sudan Agreements The African Union and United Nations must stand firm and demand that the parties urgently uphold their commitments to avert this threat to regional peace and stability.
17 January 2013 U.S. Supports French and ECOWAS Intervention in Mali The United States supports military action by France and the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to take back northern Mali from armed Islamist rebels. The official said French forces have gone in at the request of the Malian government and ECOWAS and in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2085.
14 January 2013 Regional Trade Can Power Africa's Growth Expanded regional agricultural trade has the potential to power Africa’s economic growth and food security, says a senior official with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Through its three African regional trade hubs, USAID coordinates with African-led bodies such as the African Union and the Southern African Development Community to facilitate cross-border trade and to attract foreign investment.
08 January 2013 Ambassador Rice at U.N. Security Council on Sudan, South Sudan
03 January 2013 Clinton, U.K., Norway Foreign Ministers on Sudan, South Sudan
11 December 2012 The Devastating Crisis in Eastern Congo Testimony by Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, Washington, DC.
03 December 2012 Diamond Declaration Incorporates Development Goals The international body charged with ending the sale of diamonds related to conflict adopted a resolution that incorporates development and small-scale diamond-mining objectives. Participants in the Kimberley Process meeting at the State Department delayed redefining the term “conflict diamond” until at least 2013, when the body's chairmanship transfers to South Africa, with China as vice chair, said Gillian Milovanovic, who represents the United States as the 2012 chair.
03 December 2012 USAID to Support African Diaspora Development Fund The U.S. Agency for International Development has agreed to support an African Development Bank fund that helps members of the diaspora in the United States promote development in Africa and improve the flow of worker remittances.
28 November 2012 State's Carson Pushes for Cease-Fire in DRC The Obama administration’s top envoy to Africa is working with leaders in the Great Lakes region and with French and German diplomats to push for a cease-fire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to be followed by a longer-term resolution of the conflict in the eastern part of the country.
28 November 2012 State Dept. Taken Question: Kimberley Process Goals
27 November 2012 Clinton on Millennium Challenge Corporation's Work Secretary Clinton's remarks to the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Washington, D.C.
27 November 2012 Kimberley Process Meeting May Redefine "Conflict Diamonds" Participants in an international group that certifies that rough-cut diamonds are free from conflict are expected to update the definition of “conflict diamond” during the group’s four-day annual meeting in Washington.
24 November 2012 State Dept. on Presidential Elections in Sierra Leone "We call on the National Electoral Commission, Political Parties Registration Commission, and other stakeholders to address any electoral deficiencies and further strengthen Sierra Leonean democracy".
20 November 2012 Security Situation in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo The United States is gravely alarmed by the rapid deterioration of the security situation in eastern DRC. We condemn the renewed military campaign by the M23 rebel group, which is an affront to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the DRC and in violation of international law. We call for a ceasefire, and for the M23 to return Goma to DRC authorities and pull back to their July positions.
15 November 2012 State Dept. Statement on New Somalia Cabinet (State.gov) "The United States welcomes the confirmation of the new Somali Cabinet by the Somalia Federal Parliament on November 13. This overwhelming endorsement by the federal Parliament is historic and marks progress in ushering in a new era of accountable and representative leadership."
08 November 2012 Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Evaluations Show Impact of Investments The first evaluations of farmer training programs in five countries that received funding from the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation show that the training led to increased production and incomes, the agency says.
05 November 2012 Under Secretary Sherman Consults with Somali Leaders Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman became the first senior U.S. official to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in more than 20 years, reflecting the United States’ commitment to support efforts by Somalia’s leaders to stabilize the Horn of Africa nation after more than 20 years of civil strife and violence.
31 October 2012 U.S. Seeks Updated Definition of Conflict Diamonds The United States will urge representatives at an international meeting at the State Department on diamond certification to agree to an updated definition for "conflict diamond."
16 October 2012 Rice Welcomes Somalia's Historic Political Transition After many difficult years, Somalia has had its first peaceful transfer of power in decades, and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice says developments such as its new provisional constitution and a newly elected speaker and president have inspired hope among Somalis “for the first time in many years.”
03 October 2012 State Dept. on Capture of Kismayo in Somalia from al-Shabaab "The United States welcomes the capture of the strategic port city of Kismayo by African Union Mission in Somalia peacekeepers and Somali forces. Al-Shabaab’s departure from Kismayo demonstrates continued momentum by pro-government forces against this terrorist organization"
27 September 2012 Signing of Agreements between Sudan and South Sudan Secretary Clinton applauds today's agreements between Sudan and South Sudan on security, oil, financial, nationality, and trade issues.
27 September 2012 U.S. Will Maintain Support for Somalia Through Its Transition
26 September 2012 Clinton Affirms Ongoing U.S. Support for Africa's Sahel Region The secretary spoke about U.S. and international efforts to support the region during the U.N. Secretary-General Meeting on the Sahel held on the margins of the 67th annual U.N. General Assembly in New York.
24 September 2012 Millennium Challenge Corporation on Grants and Policy Reforms (IIPDigital) The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign assistance agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. Created by the U.S. Congress in 2004 with strong bipartisan support, MCC is changing the conversation on how best to deliver smart U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on good policies, country ownership and results. MCC forms partnerships with some of the world’s poorest countries, but only those committed to good governance, economic freedom and investments in their citizens.
21 September 2012 Joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide, and United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague "As the Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan prepare for the September 23 Presidential Summit in Addis Ababa, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway call on both governments to urgently reach final agreement on all outstanding issues, as required by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) Roadmap and United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2046 (2012)."
20 September 2012 U.S. Supports Development of Peacekeeping Capacity in Africa “We strongly believe that the only way to achieve sustainable, long-term stability on the continent is to provide our African partners with the tools needed to bring about that stability themselves,” Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson said in congressional testimony.
10 September 2012 Millennium Challenge Corporation Head on U.S. Development Aid
20 August 2012 White House on Somalia's New Federal Parliament The United States welcomes today’s convening of Somalia’s New Federal Parliament.
06 August 2012 U.S. Welcomes Pact by Sudan, South Sudan to Share Oil Revenues The United States welcomes an agreement between Sudan and South Sudan to share the revenues of oil pumped in South Sudan and transported through pipelines and ports in Sudan.
26 July 2012 Commerce Official Highlights Efforts to Promote Trade with Africa U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez highlighted efforts to increase U.S. trade and investment with sub-Saharan Africa in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on African Affairs.
15 July 2012 MCC Fact Sheet on Threshold Programs The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) was created by Congress in 2004 and is an independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. The MCC Threshold Program is designed to assist countries that are not yet eligible for MCC compacts but have demonstrated a significant commitment to improving policy performance on MCC’s selection criteria for compact grants.
28 June 2012 Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Fact Sheet on Contribution to Aid for Trade Trade is one of the most significant drivers of economic growth. MCC considers $3.2 billion of its assistance to partner countries—35 percent—as “aid for trade.” MCC’s primary contribution to “aid for trade” is through transportation infrastructure financing.
27 June 2012 Sudan Won't Solve Economic Crisis by Mistreating Demonstrators The Sudanese government’s arrest and mistreatment of demonstrators will not solve the country’s economic crisis, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, calling on Omar Bashir’s government to immediately release those it has detained.
25 June 2012 U.S. Supports Hunt for Central African Rebel Group The U.S. military is just one part of a larger, multinational effort to help four African partner nations bring rebel leader Joseph Kony and senior members of his brutal Lord’s Resistance Army to justice, said Army General Ham, the commander of U.S. Africa Command.
14 June 2012 Clinton Applauds AGOA at 11th Forum Kick-Off Secretary Clinton opened the 11th
U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Forum, also known as the AGOA
Forum, in Washington with remarks applauding the great success of the
pivotal economic development program.
• U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa
13 June 2012 U.S. Bets on Bright Future for Africa, Clinton Says Clinton implored the young Africans to become ambassadors for their countries in their meetings and contacts to come, teaching Americans about progressive trends unfolding in Africa: growing opportunities for women and girls, increasing democratization, expanding economic growth and booming activity in information technologies.
07 June 2012 State's Posner on Diamond Trade and Human Rights
31 May 2012 U.S. to Host Meeting on Conflict Diamond Trade The annual Kimberley Process conference will be held June 4–7 at the State Department in Washington D.C. and will be chaired by U.S. Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic.
23 May 2012 Africa: The Next Frontier for Investors Economists say Africa will grow by 5.5 percent in 2012, with seven African countries expected to rank among the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world during the next five years, projections that are making the continent an increasingly popular destination for foreign investors.
22 May 2012 U.S. Donates $30 Million for Emergency Food in South Sudan The U.S. government has announced it will provide emergency relief to help people affected by food scarcity and conflict in South Sudan. The assistance is in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan, where an estimated 1 million people are severely food-insecure as the result of a cereal deficit, high food prices and intercommunal conflict.
17 May 2012 AGOA Boosts Trade, Supports Shared Growth with Africa The African Growth and Opportunity Act has boosted exponentially the United States’ trade with sub-Saharan Africa and remains the “centerpiece” of U.S. economic engagement with the region, according to Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson. While Africa's growth is impressive, he said, it still only accounts for less than 2 percent of global trade.
16 May 2012 African Leaders to Meet with Obama at G8 on Food Security President Obama will discuss food security with four African leaders at the upcoming Group of Eight (G8) Summit at Camp David, including ways to step up agricultural production across the continent. The meeting will include talks on agriculture, food self-sufficiency and food security.
09 May 2012 ICTR Judgment Against Perpetrators of Genocide in Rwanda The United States welcomes the May 8, 2012 International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) appeal decisions in the cases of Gaspard Kanyarukiga, Aloys Ntabakuze, and Ildephonse Hategekimana. The Appeals Chamber of the ICTR affirmed the convictions of these three individuals for genocide and crimes against humanity, among other crimes.
08 May 2012 U.S. Researchers Find New Way to Stop Dangerous African Pest U.S. researchers have developed a satellite-guided method of tracking and eradicating tsetse fly populations. The tsetse fly carries Trypanosoma protozoa, which cause a disease commonly known as sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in cattle.
27 April 2012 U.S. Urges Sudan, South Sudan to Cease Hostilities, Resume Talks The United States urges the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to cease attacking each other across their undemarcated border to avert an all-out war and a looming humanitarian disaster. South Sudan became an independent country in July 2011 after fighting for more than a half-century against the government in Khartoum. But fighting along the border continues.
26 April 2012 U.S. Envoy Rice at U.N. on Darfur, Syria, African Union
24 April 2012 Countering the Lord'’s Resistance Army (PDF via State.gov) Testimony for Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, Ambassador Donald Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
20 April 2012 Major Diplomatic Effort Under Way on Sudan, South Sudan U.S. Special Envoy Princeton Lyman says Sudan and South Sudan are seeking a diplomatic resolution to disputed borders and other issues related to oil production in disputed areas, and a number of major international diplomatic activities are underway to defuse the tense situation.
19 April 2012 Examining the U.S Policy Responses to Entrenched African Leadership (PDF via State Dept.) Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson.
03 April 2012 White House on Situation in Sudan The President authorized the use of up to $26 million from the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund to respond to the unexpected and urgent needs resulting from the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states of Sudan.
02 April 2012 U.S. Sends Aid, Urges End to Sudan–South Sudan Violence President Obama expressed concern about growing tensions between Sudan and South Sudan when speaking April 2 to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir about the clashes in the border region between the two East African nations.
29 March 2012 Humanitarian Assistance to Sahel Region Secretary Clinton: "In response to current needs, including protection and assistance for refugees, and to prevent a potentially much more serious situation, I am pleased to announce that the United States is providing an additional $120 million in emergency assistance".
28 March 2012 State's Shapiro Cites Progress in Fight Against Somali Pirates Piracy along the coast of Somalia threatens one of the fundamental foundations of an interconnected global economic system: freedom of navigation on the high seas, Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro says. Shapiro emphasized that the only long-term response to piracy is the re-establishment of stability, responsive law enforcement and adequate governance in Somalia.
17 March 2012 State Dept. on ICC Conviction of Congolese Warlord On March 14 2012, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, former commander of the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of the Congo militia and president of the Union of Congolese Patriots, for his responsibility for the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children and using them to participate actively in hostilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2002 and 2003. Congolese authorities referred the situation in the DRC to the ICC in 2004. As the Court’s first conviction, this ruling is an historic and important step in providing justice and accountability for the Congolese people.
London Conference on Somalia 2012
The UK FCO's website London Conference on Somalia
23 February 2012 Press Availability on the London Conference on Somalia Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
23 February 2012 Intervention at the London Conference on Somalia "Today I am announcing the United States is providing an additional $64 million in humanitarian assistance to the Horn of Africa countries, bringing our emergency assistance since 2011 up to more than 934 million, including more than 211 million for lifesaving programs in Somalia".
22 February 2012 Senior State Department Official Previews Conference on Somalia
21 February 2012 Announcement of Clinton’s Travel to London and North Africa On February 23, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will begin a four-nation trip to London and North Africa. In London, the Secretary will attend a conference hosted by Prime Minster David Cameron, dedicated to building stability and peace in Somalia. Heads of state and foreign ministers from over 50 countries as well as representatives of the United Nations and the African Union will attend. The timing of the conference is significant as it convenes six months prior to the end of Somalia's political transition which is set to take place by August 20, 2012.
21 February 2012 Announcement of Clinton’s Travel to London and North Africa On February 23, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will begin a four-nation trip to London and North Africa. In London, the Secretary will attend a conference hosted by Prime Minster David Cameron, dedicated to building stability and peace in Somalia.
21 February 2012 Ambassador Rice at U.N. Debate on West Africa and Sahel Region Transnational organized crime is a scourge everywhere, but West Africa and the Sahel are plagued by a particularly insidious version. Criminal networks corrupt societies that face pressing developmental challenges in a region emerging from years of conflict.
24 January 2012 Briefing on U.S. Efforts in the Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa Bruce Wharton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy for the Bureau of African Affairs; David Robinson, Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration; and Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID On U.S. Efforts in the Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa.
18 January 2012 Clinton Promotes Democracy in Four-Nation Africa Trip Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton completed a four-nation visit to Africa to promote democracy, good government and economic reforms, and to demonstrate a U.S. commitment to a post-conflict return to peace.
22 December 2011 President Obama on the Horn of Africa Famine Today, on behalf of the U.S. Government and the American people, I am announcing an additional $113 million in emergency relief assistance for the Horn of Africa.
15 December 2011 Clinton Says U.S. Prepared to Assist South Sudan South Sudan’s independence marks the beginning of its challenge to become a state that will offer opportunities to all of its people, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration is prepared to help the new nation reach its potential.
12 December 2011 U.S. Military Advisers to Support African Fight Against LRA U.S. troops serving as advisers in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are beginning to deploy from Uganda to LRA-affected areas to support ongoing regional military efforts to stop the organization’s ability to terrorize civilians in an expansive, remote jungle region and to bring its leaders to justice.
20 November 2011 State Department on Conditions in Horn of Africa The Famine Early Warning Systems Network and the UN Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit released the latest analysis of the ongoing drought and famine in Somalia. Three areas of Somalia have been downgraded from famine to emergency. Three other areas, including the internally displaced populations in Mogadishu, have improved but remain classified as famine.
14 November 2011 Ambassador DeLaurentis at U.N. on Lord’s Resistance Army Remarks by Ambassador DeLaurentis, U.S. Ambassador and Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, at a UN Security Council Meeting on UNOCA and the Lord’s Resistance Army.
01 November 2011 U.S. Response to Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa An updated fact sheet from the Department of State.
26 October 2011 U.S. Advisers Sent to Help African Struggle Against LRA On October 14, President Obama announced an expansion of U.S. support for its central African partners who have been trying to end the LRA’s threat to their populations. Approximately 100 U.S. military advisers are being deployed to assist forces of the four countries that are fighting the LRA and want to bring the LRA's Joseph Kony and his top commanders to justice. U.S. lawmakers in the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee met October 25 to hear from senior Obama administration officials about the U.S. deployment and its mission.
18 October 2011 State Department’s Johnnie Carson Travels to Africa U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Niger on 17–26 October. Carson, who is the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, will be promoting U.S. objectives of democracy and governance, peace and security, and economic development during his three-nation visit.
14 October 2011 U.S. Support to Regional Efforts to Counter the Lord's Resistance Army For more than two decades, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children. The United States’ comprehensive, multi-year strategy seeks to help mitigate and end the threat posed to civilians and regional stability by the LRA.
12 October 2012 U.S. Helps African Women Multiply Their Business Success After years of building their own businesses, about 40 African women are taking on a mission to help others do the same. The women are this year’s participants in the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program. For three weeks, they have been traveling through the United States studying businesses, meeting with trade and finance experts from government and the private sector, and discussing prospects and problems for business in Africa.
06 October 2011 Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia Launches New Website The State Department announces the launch of the new official website for the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. The new website serves as a repository of Contact Group documents and other counter-piracy related materials; a cyber secretariat offering a virtual workspace for Contact Group participants; and a real-time information center for industry, academic researchers, and the general public regarding the Contact Group’s ongoing efforts
04 October 2011 U.S. Delegation on Food Security Travels to Horn of Africa A U.S. delegation will visit Ethiopia and Kenya to discuss key agricultural and food security issues, and to show the United States’ continuing commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to Africans hit hardest by the famine in the Horn of Africa.
03 October 2011 Secretary Clinton : Honoring Participants of African Women's Entrepreneurship Program
30 September 2011 USAID Fact Sheet: Horn of Africa Drought
23 September 2011 U.S. Response to Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa
15 September 2011 USAID Fact Sheet: Horn of Africa Drought
02 September 2011 Escalating Violence in Blue Nile State of Sudan The United States is deeply concerned about the fighting that broke out September 1 between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-North (SPLM/A-N) in Blue Nile State in Sudan, as well as the ongoing troop mobilization on both sides.
01 September 2011 U.S. Pledge to Horn of Africa Hunger Tops $600 Million The U.S. funding commitment to alleviate the massive humanitarian disaster in the Horn of Africa has passed the $600 million mark after a top aid official announced a $23 million increase August 31.
22 August 2011 Food Insecurity in Eastern Africa Continent's Worst in 20 Years The worst drought in more than half a century in Eastern Africa has brought on the region’s worst food insecurity in 20 years, according to an assessment of conditions in the region released by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit–Somalia. U.S. and international estimates find that more than 12 million people in this region are expected to be affected by the widespread food insecurity.
11 August 2011 Amid Human Disaster, Clinton Sees Greater Food Security Ahead Food insecurity and famine in the Horn of Africa create new urgency for developed and developing nations to both rescue people caught in this crisis and make systemic reforms that can reduce the human cost of food shortages in the future. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged action to pursue both objectives in an August 11 speech in Washington.
09 August 2011 U.S. Delegates Mobilize Global Response to Horn of Africa Crisis Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden, has led a U.S. delegation to the Horn of Africa to mobilize a global response to the region’s worst drought in more than 60 years, which the United Nations estimates has left at least 12.4 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical care.
08 August 2011 Obama Approves $105 Million More for Horn of Africa President Obama has approved an additional $105 million for urgent humanitarian relief efforts across the Horn of Africa, where the United Nations estimates that more than 12.4 million people are in urgent need as a result of the region’s worst drought in more than 60 years.
03 August 2011 Responding to Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa Testimony by Don Yamamoto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.
02 August 2011 U.S. Reassures Aid Agencies Providing Relief in Somalia Because of the compelling humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, including southern Somalia, the Obama administration is reassuring nongovernmental organizations and aid groups that they will not risk prosecution if their efforts to aid famine victims violate U.S. sanctions on the terrorist group al-Shabaab.
27 July 2011 Fact Sheet U.S. Response to Humanitarian Crisis in the Horn of Africa More than 11.5 million people—primarily in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia—are in need of emergency assistance in the Horn of Africa. The U.S. is one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance to the region, providing approximately $459 million this fiscal year to help those in need.
26 July 2011 AFRICOM Empowering African Development as Well as Security The U.S. military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) is building the capacity of partner nations to counter extremist threats, respect civilian control and respond more effectively to humanitarian and security needs across the continent, a senior U.S. Defense Department official told members of Congress.
22 July 2011 Al-Shabaab Should Not Block Somali Humanitarian Aid, U.S. Says The United States, the United Nations and other partners in the international community stand ready to help an estimated 3 million or more Somalis who are suffering from famine, but the anti-Western terrorist group al-Shabaab on July 22 tried to deny the existence of food shortages and announced it will resume a ban on assistance from the international community that has been in place since January 2010.
20 July 2011 Famine Declared; Human Need in Horn of Africa Grows More Urgent Two regions of Somalia are suffering from famine, which is not mere hunger, but a formal declaration that hunger now is so severe that more than 30 percent of children are suffering acute malnutrition, more than two people per 100,000 are dying each day, and that food and other basic necessities have become inaccessible to most people.
19 July 2011 Current Situation in the Horn of Africa Special Briefing by Johnnie Carson (Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs), Reuben Brigety (Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration), Deputy Administrator of USAID Donald Steinberg, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance of USAID Nancy Lindborg.
14 July 2011 U.S. Urges Sudan, South Sudan to Fulfill Peace Agreement President Obama’s top envoy for Sudan urged the governments of Sudan and newly independent South Sudan to "rekindle the spirit of cooperation" to resolve the outstanding issues that stand in the way of their fulfilling the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement. U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Princeton Lyman also called for an interim agreement by the end of July on the sharing of oil revenues if a final agreement is not reached.
11 July 2011 U.S. Recognizes South Sudan, Pledges Steadfast Partnership The United States formally recognized the Republic of South Sudan on
July 9 and pledged steadfast partnership as the South Sudanese begin
building a new country after decades of civil war. President Obama issued the formal recognition of the world’s newest
nation in Washington as independence ceremonies and celebrations were
being held in the new country’s capital, Juba, and across South Sudan.
• President Obama on U.S. Recognition of South Sudan’s Independence
• Secretary Clinton on Independence Day for South Sudan
06 July 2011 Technology Opens Doors for Women, Clinton Says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is celebrating her department’s TechWomen exchange program, which uses technology to open doors that are otherwise closed to women in the Middle East and North Africa. TechWomen, funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a public-private partnership that pairs women from top technology companies in California’s Silicon Valley with women emerging as leaders in technical fields across the Middle East and North Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program.
22 June 2011 Statement from President Obama on Sudan
19 May 2011 U.S. Officials Hopeful for Sudan and Southern Sudan American officials who recently visited Sudan and Southern Sudan said they saw encouraging signs despite their political and economic challenges.
19 April 2011 The United States and the African Union "The United States and the African Union (AU) enjoy a strong partnership that continues to develop as we engage in areas of mutual interest spanning a variety of sectors."
11 April 2011 U.S. Urges Calm in Côte d'Ivoire Following Gbagbo's Capture President Obama says the detention of Côte d’Ivoire’s former president, Laurent Gbagbo, is a victory for “the democratic will of the Ivoirian people,” who now have an opportunity to reclaim their country’s future as a democratic and peaceful state under their elected president, Alassane Ouattara.
01 March 2011 U.S. Senior Sudan Advisors Travel to Bolster North-South and Darfur Peace Processes Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Senior Advisor on North-South Negotiations, and Ambassador Dane Smith, U.S. Senior Advisor on Darfur, will travel to the region in early March to support U.S. efforts to promote peace and stability in Sudan.
07 February 2011 U.S. Intends to Recognize Independent South Sudanese State With the announcement that an overwhelming majority of southern Sudanese have voted to establish an independent state, the Obama administration says it intends to recognize the new country in July and is also beginning the process of withdrawing Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.
09 January 2011 - Statement by Secretary Clinton on Southern Sudan Referendum
14 June 2010 Fact Sheet: The United States and Africa: Partnering for Progress The United States has been a strong advocate of the nations of Africa since their independence, and remains determined to support its African partners in achieving the shared long-term goals of democracy, stability, and prosperity.
27 October 2009 U.S. Mission to African Union Shows Commitment to Africa The United States was the first major non-African country to appoint a full-time ambassador to the African Union (AU), and that shows the importance the people of the United States attach to their partnership with the people of Africa, says the U.S. ambassador to the African Union, Michael Battle.
19 October 2009 Sudan: A Critical Moment, a Comprehensive Approach Outlines critical lessons learned, U.S. strategic objectives and actions.
19 October 2009 Sudan Policy Aims at Ending Genocide, Implementing Peace Accord Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled a “comprehensive” U.S. policy for resolving the conflicts in Sudan, focused on ending human rights abuses and genocide in the Darfur region, fully implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and ensuring Sudan does not become a haven for violent extremists.
19 October 2009 Statement of President Barack Obama on Sudan Strategy
08 October 2009 Officials Say Somali Piracy Is Declining In 2008, Somali pirates captured more than 100 large commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, provoking a massive international response. Today, some 40 warships patrol Somali waters. The patrols and other measures have helped decrease successful hijacking more than 90 percent. Monsoon winds also contributed to the reduction, but U.S. maritime officials warn hijackings may increase now that the regional monsoon season has ended.
09 September 2009 Envoy Gration Seeks Deal for Peace Accord in Sudan U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan Scott Gration is in Juba, Southern Sudan, to hold talks with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s National Congress Party on two sticking points to implementation of a broader 2005 peace accord, the State Department announced. Gration is traveling to Sudan September 9–14 and is visiting Juba, Boma, Darfur and Khartoum. His travel comes as the United States is near announcing a new policy on Sudan, and the troubled Darfur region.
02 September 2009 Reforming African Economies Continue to Reap Benefits Although total U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa (exports plus imports) declined in the first four months of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008, largely as a result of the global economic crisis, many sub-Saharan African countries continue to reap benefits from changes to their economic policies, improved governance and investments in key social sectors undertaken during the past decade.
20 August 2009 Clinton Focus on Food Security in Africa Extends Worldwide Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s focus on food security and development on her recent trip to Africa extends to other parts of the world, such as Latin America and Asia, where the U.S. government continues to provide billions of dollars’ worth of assistance.
13 August 2009 Liberia Is Model for Post-Conflict Transformation, Clinton Says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says that after emerging from a 14-year civil war, Liberia is a model to other countries that are transitioning from conflict, praising the country’s reform, reconstruction and reconciliation efforts, as well as the government’s actions against corruption.
12 August 2009 United States Pledges $17 Million to Aid Rape Survivors in DRC The United States will provide $17 million to help survivors of rape and prevent sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced during an unprecedented visit to the eastern city of Goma. Clinton, the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the war-ravaged eastern Kivu region in the DRC, met individually August 11 with two rape survivors, and then attended a roundtable discussion with medical providers, health care activists and other Congolese now living in camps after fleeing the fighting in the DRC's long-running conflict.
12 August 2009 Clinton Calls for Enhanced Political Reforms in Nigeria Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged Nigeria to implement needed democratic reforms while also reducing corruption and graft in the most populous nation in Africa. "It is critical for the people of Nigeria, first and foremost, but indeed for the United States that Nigeria succeeds in fulfilling its promise," Clinton said at an August 12 press conference in Abuja that followed a meeting with Nigerian Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe.
11 August 2009 No Excuses for Gender-Based Violence, Clinton Tells DRC Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemned the "terrible trend" of sexual and gender-based violence used as a tool of war, and said leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other governments in the region, as well as nonstate entities, need to make a "concerted effort" to prevent and discourage sexual violence.
10 August 2009 United States, Angola Commit to HIV/AIDS Partnership Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is using her seven-nation African tour to emphasize the United States' commitment to combating HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, signing a new AIDS framework with the government of Angola and visiting HIV-positive patients at a U.S.-sponsored clinic in South Africa.
09 August 2009 Targeted U.S. Sanctions on Zimbabwe to Continue, Clinton Says The Obama administration is continuing to target Zimbabwe's leadership with economic sanctions in an effort to influence their behavior, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says. During an August 8 visit to the Victoria Mxenge Housing Development near Cape Town, South Africa, Clinton said she and President Obama believe "the leadership under President [Robert] Mugabe has turned its back on its own people."
08 August 2009 South Africa Uniquely Positioned to Spur African Economic Growth South Africa's financial and economic success translates into both a responsibility and an opportunity for the country to help its African neighbors achieve their own development potential, says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Speaking in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 7 to the International Development Corporation, Clinton said "it isn’t easy to find countries with financial and economic policies that have been as sound as South Africa’s," and the country is "uniquely positioned to advance its own economic trajectory and to propel economic growth on the African continent as a whole."
08 August 2009 Clinton Celebrates Strength of Women in Africa Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, visiting South Africa as part of a seven-nation tour of Africa, used an evening in Pretoria to focus on and celebrate one of the continent’s greatest strengths: its women. Clinton was an honored guest at a gala dinner commemorating South Africa’s National Women’s Day, which is celebrated August 9. The dinner was hosted by South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who greeted the secretary of state upon her arrival at the Pretoria presidential guest house earlier August 7.
06 August 2009 Clinton Pledges U.S. Support to Somali Transitional Government Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged continued U.S. support for the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and called on Eritrea to halt interference in Somalia. Clinton appeared at a joint press conference at the U.S. Embassy following talks with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. She said the talks with the TFG leader were "a thorough and productive discussion about the challenges facing his country and the efforts of the international community to support the Transitional Federal Government as it stands up for the people of Somalia and against the threat of violent extremism."
05 August 2009 Clinton Says United States Believes in Africa’s Promise "We believe in Africa’s promise. We are committed to Africa’s future. We will be partners with Africa’s people," said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Addressing the opening ministerial session of the Eighth African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, Clinton said the United States and Africa have "shared aspirations for greater economic growth and prosperity across the continent."
05 August 2009 Farming Is Africa’s Lifeline, Clinton Says For millions of Africans, farming is a lifeline, the only source of income and food. In remarks following a tour of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) outside Nairobi, Clinton said, "For the global community, agricultural development could help address some of the most urgent challenges we face — chronic hunger, which afflicts nearly 1 billion people worldwide, including one in three Africans, many of whom are children." At KARI, Clinton said, scientists are developing tools to boost the productivity of Africa’s farms, which is "part of a broad strategy to strengthen the entire agricultural sector — to increase incomes, to support rural communities and to drive economic growth."
05 August 2009 President Obama’s Video Message to AGOA Forum President Obama addresses the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum in Nairobi, Kenya
04 August 2009 Africans Must Use Trade to Fight Economic Crisis, Kenyan Says Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, representing the host nation, officially opened the civil-society and private-sector sessions of the Eighth AGOA Forum on August 4 with the traditional Swahili welcome, "Karibu," and called for Africa to trade its way out of the global economic crisis.
04 August 2009 Civil Society, Private Sector Important to AGOA The role of civil society groups and the private sector in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forums and the AGOA process is more important than ever, said U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger. Addressing the combined opening session for the civil society and private sector forums at the eighth annual United States-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, known as the AGOA Forum, Ranneberger said while both groups have always participated in AGOA meetings, "your role now is more timely and important than ever."
04 August 2009 Food Security Is Top Agenda Item on Clinton Africa Trip Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is putting a spotlight on food security and partnerships as she makes her first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa, a region that the international nongovernmental organization (NGO) World Vision says is "riddled with hunger."
04 August 2009 Company Launches Fiber-Optic Cable for Southern, Eastern Africa Southern and Eastern Africa are better connected to the rest of the world by a new underwater fiber-optic communications cable that runs off the eastern and southern coasts of Africa. With the new cable, installed by the SEACOM company, communications costs in Africa have a better chance of falling into line with the lower prices paid in other regions of the world, said SEACOM President Brian Herlihy. He spoke at the combined opening of the civil-society and private-sector sessions of the Eighth AGOA Forum in Nairobi.
03 August 2009 Clinton Africa Trip Seen Offering Opportunities Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's August 4–14, seven-nation trip to Africa presents a good opportunity to build on development partnerships set out by President Obama during his recent visit to the continent, says former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Walter Kansteiner. Clinton's first official trip to Africa as secretary of state includes an initial stop in Kenya to attend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum followed by visits to South Africa, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde.
03 August 2009 McDermott: AGOA Forum Promotes Important Economic Interaction An annual conference such as the Eighth AGOA Forum is important because it allows Americans and Africans to openly discuss trade issues, make improvements and address any problems in their trade relationships. McDermott, whom many often informally call "the father of AGOA," said the fact that top members of President Obama's Cabinet will be attending, such as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, sends a signal of Africa’s importance to the United States.
03 August 2009 U.S. Trade Representative on U.S.-African Growth Partnership Commentary by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
03 August 2009 Kenyan Businessman Praises Benefits from AGOA Kenyan-born businessman Mike King'ori has seen the results of closer U.S.-Africa trade ties fostered under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and stands ready to further expand his own business and trade relationship with the United States. King'ori is director of marketing and operations and an owner of K-Net Flowers Ltd., a family business in Kenya that specializes in exporting cut flowers and foliage worldwide.
03 August 2009 Conflicts in Africa Exacerbate Gender-Based Atrocities When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton heads for Africa August 4, she will focus a spotlight on the widespread problem of violence against women. Clinton is visiting seven countries in Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where violence against women has been horrific. Accompanying her will be Melanne Verveer, a longtime advocate of women's rights and human rights who is the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues.
31 July 2009 Envoy Hails Clinton's Trip to Africa, Focus on Hunger, AGOA Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's trip to Africa, where she will emphasize the need to provide lasting food security by improving the continent's agricultural sector with American help, brings a welcome message, says Sierra Leone’s ambassador to the United States, Bockari Stevens.
30 July 2009 Clinton Will Meet with Somali Leader During AGOA Forum Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to meet with President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government on the sidelines at the 8th Annual AGOA Forum to show support for his efforts to restore order to the conflict-weary African nation, a senior U.S. diplomat says. Clinton will meet with Sheikh Sharif at the U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, known more commonly as the AGOA Forum, in Nairobi, Kenya, August 4–6. The secretary is launching an 11-day, seven-nation trip to Africa to underscore the U.S. commitment to the continent.
30 July 2009 AGOA Spurs African Stock Exchanges The historic U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has created a positive impact across sub-Saharan Africa, and one such development has been the establishment of private equity stock markets in many African countries. Robert Mathu, executive director of Rwanda's Capital Market Advisory Council, made that point in an interview with at the headquarters of the Rwanda Capital Market, which runs the country’s stock exchange.
28 July 2009 Clinton Plans Seven-Nation Africa Trip Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin a seven-nation trip to Africa on August 5 to highlight the U.S. commitment to sub-Saharan Africa's economic development while also emphasizing Africa as a place of opportunity, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.
24 July 2009 Eighth AGOA Forum More Important than Ever U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and the Kenyan ambassador to the United States, Peter N.R.O. Ogego, formally announced July 23 that the eighth annual U.S.-Sub-Saharan African Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, August 4–6 and could not be taking place at a more opportune time because of the world economic crisis.
23 July 2009 Enhanced U.S. Market Access Critical for Africa Enhanced market access to the United States — a key feature of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) — remains a "critical component" for Africa’s long-term economic growth and development, says longtime Africa trade facilitator and attorney Anthony Carroll.
14 July 2009 Regional Trade Hubs Help Foster U.S.-Africa Trade The United States operates four regional trade and competiveness hubs in sub-Saharan Africa. They aim to assist, enhance and broaden the flow of trade between the United States and the region, both inside and outside the terms of the historic African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
14 July 2009 U.S.-Africa Trade Increased 28 Percent in 2008 U.S. trade with sub-Saharan Africa, exports plus imports, increased 28 percent in 2008 and U.S. imports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) are becoming increasingly diversified, according to a just-released profile of U.S.-Africa trade trends.
01 July 2009 Citizen Involvement Essential to Ghana's Development Successes Committed to a democratic government that involves civil society, Ghana has become "one of the better-performing developing countries in Africa," said the top U.S. aid official in the country.
30 June 2009 AGOA Forum Seeks to Expand U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment The eighth African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, August 4–6, is the only ministerial event held annually between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa, said the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Ambassador Johnnie Carson, who said the Obama administration is seeking to strengthen and deepen America’s ties with the region.
30 June 2009 Peace Corps: "Born in America, but Learned to Walk in Ghana" The Peace Corps, one of President John F. Kennedy’s enduring legacies, was launched in Ghana in 1961. Nearly a half century later, the corps is still going strong in the West African country, with volunteers involved in teaching, health and sanitation training, natural resource management and small business development.
25 June 2009 United States Seeks Expanded Economic Growth in Africa A central objective of U.S. trade relations with sub-Saharan Africa is to create a platform for expanded African economic growth, says a senior U.S. trade official. "Sub-Saharan Africa's current share of global trade is less than 2 percent, down from 6 percent in 1980," Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Florizelle Liser testified June 24 at a congressional hearing.
25 June 2009 Guinea Worm Eradication Program Gets Results in Ghana Guinea worm disease, which has crippled millions in Africa and Asia, is nearly vanquished in Ghana, thanks to the efforts of the Carter Center, which has been working with health workers in that country over the last 20 years.
23 June 2009 President Obama’s Visit to Ghana Will Be Historic President Obama’s July 10–11 visit to Accra, Ghana, will be a "historic occasion," says Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson. He says it recognizes the progress Ghana has made — particularly in the area of democratization — which serves as an example to the rest of Africa.
17 June 2009 Special Envoy Gration Briefs on Recent Trip to Sudan Provides updates on current status of Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
12 June 2009 United States Seeks to Encourage Democracy, Growth in Zimbabwe President Obama welcomed Zimbabwe's prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, to the White House, praising the progress made "in very difficult circumstance" since he joined a unity government with political rival President Robert Mugabe.
11 June 2009 Obama's Cairo Speech Resonates with Africans, State's Carson Says There was widespread interest across sub-Saharan Africa in President Obama's speech June 4 from Cairo to Muslims worldwide because many of the speech themes resonated directly with Africans who look forward to participating in a "new dialogue" with the United States, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson said June 5.
01 June 2009 Pirate Attacks Delay Food Sent to Africans If pirate assaults on ships carrying emergency food donations escalate, more than 10 million people in Somalia and other countries in East and Central Africa will go hungry. Every time pirates attack these ships, as happened to the U.S.-owned and -flagged container ship Maersk Alabama on April 8 off the coast of Somalia, it raises the prospect of additional delays.
01 June 2009 The Costs of Piracy Are Passed Along The world's largest container line says piracy is increasing its insurance costs and forcing it to pass those costs along to customers in the form of "piracy surcharges." But for cargo owners and vessel operators alike, the costs of armed, and sometimes deadly, attacks go beyond insurance to time, new expenses and business disruptions.
01 June 2009 International Community Uniting Against Pirates, Official Says Piracy off the coast of Somalia is felt worldwide, harming trade, slowing regional development and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching the poorest nations of east Africa, according to a State Department official.
22 May 2009 High-Level Engagement with Africa Has Started "High-level engagement has already started" between the Obama administration and Africa, said Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson Speaking at a gala reception in Washington marking the beginning of "Africa Week," Carson said: "Most of the Obama administration's Africa team is in place, and we are gearing up. We will continue to build on and strengthen the strong bipartisan consensus in Congress and among the people of America that has motivated U.S. policy towards Africa."
21 May 2009 U.S. Conducting High-Level Strategic Review of Somalia Strategy In Somalia, the U.S. government is determined to support the policy of political reconciliation spearheaded by the beleaguered Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told Congress.
14 May 2009 Independent Electoral Commissions Strengthen Democracy in Africa Independent electoral commissions help African nations provide a level playing field during elections while building a foundation for the sustainability of democracy on the continent, democracy activists say.
13 May 2009 U.S. Africa Command Seeking Sustained Security Engagement For African nations, the role of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) will be one of "sustained security engagement" as a more reliable partner across the continent, says Ambassador Mary Yates. Before the creation of a separate military command for Africa, the United States' military and security engagements on the continent had been episodic, said Yates said in a recent Washington Foreign Press Center briefing.
30 April 2009 Senate Committee Reviews U.S.-Africa Relationship Piracy and maritime security, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ethiopia, corruption, and freedom of the press — all important issues in the U.S.-Africa relationship — were addressed April 29 by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs-designate Johnnie Carson before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
05 March 2009 Sudan's Bashir Should Be Held Accountable, Says Clinton After an international court issued an arrest warrant for Sudan President Omar al-Bashir for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for calm and reiterated America’s commitment to peace, justice and security for Africa's largest country.
05 March 2009 Obama Says Sanctions Against Zimbabwean Officials Will Continue President Obama announced that United States sanctions against Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe and his key supporters will continue, citing an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to U.S. foreign policy.
23 February 2009 America Builds New African Partnerships to Tackle Piracy The United States and other international partners are helping African governments confront piracy and improve maritime security on two coasts of Africa. While the waters off the coast of Somalia rank number 1 in the world for piracy and armed robbery at sea and the Gulf of Guinea on Africa’s west coast ranks closely behind in the number 2 spot, the two regions have different scenarios and different types of crime.
11 February 2009 United States Cautiously Welcomes Zimbabwean Unity Government The Obama administration has extended its congratulations to Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai for becoming the country’s prime minister, but says it is waiting to see evidence of true power sharing and effective governance before offering additional development assistance or easing its targeted sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and his key supporters.
29 January 2009 USAID Statement on U.S. Aid for Zimbabwe Cholera Outbreak U.S. sends $6.8 million in emergency assistance to Zimbabwe.