Supporting Trade With and Investment in East Africa

Coffee is a Rwandan export.

Speaking in Kigali, Rwanda, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the beginning of her visit to that country in late January, discussed the commitment of the United States toward strengthening economic trade with the East African Community. More

Audio Immunization in Nigeria

“Under this partnership, we are helping Sokoto State to increase and sustain high immunization coverage."

Audio Death of a Hero in Kenya

Salah Farah, a Muslim teacher in Kenya who defied the sectarian divisions sought by extremists, died recently in a hospital in Nairobi. Mr. Farah was shot in December when the bus he and others were riding on in northeastern Kenya was attacked by al-Shabaab terrorists.

Audio Boko Haram Strikes Again in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants set fire to as many as 300 homes in the village, burning alive some people who were inside, including children.

Audio Partnering With Uganda on Healthcare

The U.S. Government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transferred the recently completed construction of the National Health Laboratory in Kampala to the Ministry of Health in mid-January.

Audio Food Aid for Zimbabwe

USAID has announced an additional $5 million contribution in response to worsening drought.

Audio Food Assistance for Guinea

The U.S. Government, through USAID, provided $7.1 million.

Audio Human Rights Abuses in Burundi

The United States is deeply alarmed by reports, including those from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, of serious human rights violations and abuses in Burundi.

Audio Calling for Fair Elections in Uganda

For the sake of Uganda and all of its people, the upcoming elections must be free, fair and transparent.

Audio Entering the New Year Ebola Free

The end of the year 2015 brought with it encouraging news: for over 42 consecutive days, no new cases of the Ebola Virus Disease were reported in Guinea.

Audio Elections in the Central African Republic

The peaceful conduct and high turnout in the first round of presidential and parliamentary elections in the Central African Republic are clear signs that Central Africans seek a new beginning for their country.

Protecting Endangered Lions

In response to the dramatic decline of lion populations in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it will list two lion subspecies under the Endangered Species Act.

Audio Affordable Energy for Tanzania

The U.S. Agency for International Development's U.S. Global Development Lab has granted $5 million in follow-on funding to Off Grid Electric.

Referendum in Rwanda

The United States on December 19th expressed disappointment in the process followed by the Government of Rwanda to call a referendum on short notice to amend the Rwandan constitution.

U.S.-Mauritania-Senegal Military Cooperation

Beginning in early February 2016, Senegalese and Mauritanian military units will welcome Special Operations Forces from more than 19 European and North American countries to train alongside soldiers from 14 African nations.

U.S. Condemns Boko Haram Attacks

The United States condemns the terrible attacks carried out by Boko Haram in Nigeria, December 25–28, as well as other recent attacks in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

Sanctioning CAR Militia Commanders

U.S. Treasury Department action “targets two individuals who threaten the stability of the Central African Republic’s Transitional Government and undermine free and fair elections.

Audio U.S. Humanitarian Response to Ethiopia

$88 million in humanitarian assistance will increase funding for nutrition, food, water, sanitation and hygiene support in response to El Niño.

Audio Spiraling Into Chaos in Burundi

“We have a very small window left to restore rationality and reasonableness in place of the chaos and madness that is spreading throughout the country. We urge all parties to make the right choice, before Burundi truly plunges into the abyss.”

Audio Emrah Erdogan Designated Global Terrorist

By designating Emrah Erdogan a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224, the United States effectively freezes his property and bank accounts, thus preventing his assets from falling into the hands of like-minded individuals.

Audio Anti-corruption Day 2015

To call attention to the scourge of corruption, twelve years ago, the United Nations designated December 9th as International Anti-Corruption Day.

Audio U.S. - Angola Dialogue

The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Chikoti was the second ministerial level meeting of the U.S.-Angola Strategic Partnership Dialogue.

Audio U.S. Lauds Peaceful Elections in Burkina Faso

“Burkina Faso’s commitment to a peaceful and transparent election is a model to be emulated."

Audio World Aids Day 2015

​December 1st is World AIDS Day: a time to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic, and for mourning those who have died of the disease.

Audio Countering Threats to Press Freedom

Freedom of expression is a “foundational human right.”

Audio Good Progress Against Hunger and Poverty

Last year alone, Feed the Future reached nearly 19 million households through assistance or training and helped bring new tools and technologies, such as better seeds and fertilizers, to nearly 7 million farmers.

Audio Assisting Economic Growth in Senegal

Five-year Millennium Challenge Compact will continue to have results.

Audio A Terrorist Outrage in Mali

Hard on the heels of the terrorist attack in Paris, which resulted in the deaths of some 130 people, came a terrorist attack on a hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

Audio U.S. Condemns Nigeria Bombings

​The United States condemns terrorist attacks on Tuesday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 18 that reportedly killed more than 40 innocent people in Nigeria.

Audio Rewards for Al-Shabaab Leaders

The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice program is offering rewards for information leading to six key leaders of the Somalia-based terrorist organization al-Shabaab.

Audio Fighting HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe

PEPFAR is committed, globally, to go where the virus is—targeting interventions for populations at greatest risk in areas of greatest HIV incidence.

Audio Kenya Suspends Cancellation of NGO registrations

Ambassadors issue joint statement underscoring strong and ongoing support for a vibrant, free, and independent civil society in Kenya.

Audio Supporting Community Development in Ethiopia

U.S. pledges support for five projects initiated by different Ethiopian organizations to work on disability and development issues.

Audio Meeting Energy Needs of Growing Populations

The United States has recently committed to providing access to off-grid clean energy products and services to more than 500 million people by 2020.

Audio Need for Dialogue in Burundi

The United Nations Security Council is supporting an African Union, or AU, decision to investigate human rights abuses in Burundi.

Audio A Successful Election in Cote d'Ivoire

The United States Government congratulates the Ivoirian people and President Ouattara.

Audio Improved Food Security for Ethiopia

Public-private partnership works with Ethiopia to expand wheat flour fortification and more.

Audio Dialogue, not Violence, Needed in Congo

We call on President Sassou [Nguesso] to postpone the referendum, to defuse the current situation, and allow for dialogue and discussion.

Audio U.S. Military Deployment to Cameroon

On October 12, 2015, approximately 90 U.S. military personnel began deploying to Cameroon as part of continued U.S. support for the efforts of Cameroon and the other countries of the Lake Chad Basin to counter Boko Haram.

Audio U.S.-Niger Joint Country Action Plan

The Governments of the United States and Niger officially signed the Security Governance Initiative Joint Country Action Plan on October 9.