Acting to End Violence in the Central African Republic

FILE - Seleka rebels are seen driving through Bangui, Central African Republic.

Despite an agreement by militant groups there to disarm, sporadic violence continues in the Central African Republic. More

Guinea Political Agreement a Hopeful Sign

The Government of Guinea and two main opposition parties there have signed an agreement to settle their dispute over terms of the upcoming presidential election, raising hopes of an inclusive and peaceful vote.

Audio AGOA, The Next 15 Years

Fostering economic development in sub-Saharan Africa is a top priority of the United States, and the African Growth and Opportunity Act is the centerpiece of our trade policy on the continent.

Audio Inauguration Won't End Burundi Political Crisis

An inclusive and comprehensive political dialogue is the only credible route to reestablish stability.

Audio Time Running Out for South Sudan Peace Deal

After another delay, South Sudan President Salva Kiir appears ready to finally sign the peace agreement negotiated with the help of regional leaders in Addis Ababa.

Audio On Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

The “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a transformative vision to guide development activities for the next 15 years.

Audio Supporting Education for Africa's Girls

Let Girls Learn Initiative aims to address some of the many challenges preventing adolescent girls from attending and completing school.

Audio Staying the Course on the Mali Peace Accord

Armed militants in Mali have stepped up attacks against the United Nations peacekeeping mission and Malian security forces, continuing a deadly campaign aimed at destabilizing the West African nation.

Audio Continuing the Fight Against the LRA

The global movement to bring Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army to justice has reached the halls of the Congress.

Audio Dialogue Needed in Guinea-Bissau Political Crisis

The President of Guinea-Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz, has fired the prime minister and dismissed the government, following escalating disagreements with Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira.

Audio Helping West Africa Recover From Ebola Epidemic

Now, to help with the recovery, the U.S. Government will provide an additional $266 million.

Audio Violence Escalating in Burundi Impacting Human Rights

The United States calls on all parties, particularly the Government of Burundi, to renounce violence and the use of force to achieve their goals and to work toward restoring calm in the interest of all Burundian citizens.

Audio Forging Closer Ties With Africa and its Youth

Five hundred of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders have gathered here in Washington to meet with President Barack Obama and leading U.S. entrepreneurs, government officials, and civil society representatives.

Audio Use of Children as Soldiers a Serious Problem

Children are often abducted, or at times sold, to be used as combatants.

Audio Obama on Democracy in Africa

“Africans like people everywhere,” said President Barack Obama in a speech at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia, “deserve the dignity of being in control of their own lives.”

Audio Gambian Prisoner Release a Welcome Move

The United States notes President Jammeh’s decision to pardon and release at least 200 prisoners.

Audio Dialogue Needed to Address Flawed Burundi Election

The balloting and electoral process have been broadly criticized as non-credible by the East African Community and international partners, including President Obama during his recent visit to Kenya.

Audio African Growth and Opportunity Act Renewed

The U.S. has extended the African Growth And Opportunity Act for another ten years.

Audio Boko Haram Steps Up Attacks

The terrorist group Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon, killing hundreds of people in a string of suicide bombings.

President Obama Strengthening U.S. Ties With East Africa

President Barack Obama travels to East Africa this weekend with a mission to strengthen U.S. security and economic ties, and promote democratic reforms and good governance.

Audio U.S. Welcomes Nigerian President Buhari

President Obama and President Buhari discussed how best to fight Boko Haram.

Audio Habre Trial a Blow Against Impunity

An African Union-backed court in Senegal has begun proceedings in the trial of former Chadian leader Hissène Habré, accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture committed during his eight-year rule from 1982 to 1990.

Audio Mozambique Acts to Protect Rhinos and Elephants

Mozambique took a welcome and public stand against illegal wildlife trade this month by destroying 2.4 tons of elephant ivory and 86 pieces of rhino horn weighing more than 420 pounds.

Audio Designation of Six South Sudanese Generals

On June 27th, the United States urged the United Nations Security Council to blacklist six rival commanders from South Sudan for threatening that country’s peace and stability.

Audio New Violence in Burundi Unravels Years of Peace

Burundi’s controversial presidential election has been postponed until July 21 amid escalating violence there.

Audio U.S., Brazil Cooperate to Boost Mozambique

The partnership works with family and subsistence farmers to help them increase their yields, and then enable them to bring their product to the market.

Audio A Somber Anniversary in South Sudan

Fighting, now approaching its 20th month, has cost thousands of lives and displaced almost 2 million people.

Audio Human Rights in Somalia Still Suffer

Civilians in Somalia continued to suffer from conflict-related abuses, including killings and the diversion or confiscation of humanitarian assistance by armed groups, primarily al-Shabaab.

Audio Nigeria Still Weak on Human Rights

As in previous years, the 2014 report on the state of human rights in Nigeria remains concerning.

Audio Medical Research Keeps Up Fight Against Ebola

While there’s been much encouraging news about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in recent months, new infections with the virus continue, and the United States remains committed to doing what it takes to stop them.

Audio Burundi Turmoil Prevents Free and Fair Elections

The United States is deeply disappointed that the government of Burundi proceeded with the vote despite woefully inadequate conditions for credible elections.

Audio Human Rights Still Suffer in Zimbabwe

As in previous years, human rights conditions in Zimbabwe are a particular concern.

Audio Protecting Africa's Elephants

Destruction of one ton of confiscated elephant ivory in New York’s Times Square, sends clear message that the United States will not tolerate wildlife crimes.

Audio Empowering Women and Girls

Sexual violence in conflict is an atrocity that stands in the way of peace, prosperity, and gender equality.

Audio Peace May Finally be at Hand in Mali

An alliance of political separatists has signed a ground-breaking peace deal with the government of Mali, a hopeful step toward ending decades of fighting in the troubled West African nation.

Audio Holding Sudan's Bashir Accountable

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, facing possible arrest in South Africa over an indictment for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, has eluded justice again.

Audio Justice For Victims of Mass Atrocities

Justice is being served through the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Audio Helping Africans Gain Access to Justice

"Access to justice doesn’t just mean access to courts, it means access to information and to government services from a government that is responsive to their needs."

Audio U.S. Stands Firm for Change in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, once a pride of Africa and its breadbasket, has fallen far in recent decades, driven down by government policies, political violence and economic decline.