Helping Vulnerable Children, Improving Africa's Future

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a tour of a Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa in Kinshasa, DRC, May 3, 2014.

09/16/2014
Given that half of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under the age of 18, it is not surprising that the continent’s population is expected to exceed four billion by the year 2100. More

Audio Mozambique Peace Agreement Shows the Power of Negotiation

Mozambique’s president and opposition leader ratified a peace deal earlier this month that ends two-years of low level conflict throughout the country.

Audio Mobilizing Health Workers to Fight Ebola

The United States has spent more than $100 million responding to the Ebola outbreak.

Audio Working Together to Defeat Ebola

The United States and our partners around the world are working with African governments, hospitals, courageous health workers and ordinary citizens to stop Ebola and save lives.

Audio New C.A.R. Government Must Move Quickly on Democratic Transition

U.S. calls on new cabinet to include their voices in a broad-based, inclusive national dialogue.

Audio Ceasefire Violations Continue In South Sudan

Rebels fighting the South Sudanese government seized a helicopter of a regional ceasefire monitoring team and briefly detained its members.

Audio Aiding Africa Through Climate-Smart Farming

International alliance will include governments, farm groups, civil society organizations, research bodies, businesses and United Nations agencies.

Audio Free Speech Threatened in South Sudan

Security forces in South Sudan shut down a prominent independent radio station and briefly detained its news director.

Audio U.S. Helps Boost Medical Education in Africa

The U.S. government is assisting the international response to the outbreak with financial aid and medical expertise, but there is no substitute for trained local healthcare professionals.

Audio U.S. Promoting Criminal Justice in Somalia

The United States has agreed to provide more support for Somali government programs aimed at reforming and developing the country’s security sector.

Audio Partnering With Morocco to Fight Terrorism

Agreement will strengthen regional counterterrorism capabilities in crisis management, border security, and terrorism investigations.

Audio A Hopeful Step in the C.A.R.

A new prime minister has been named in the Central African Republic.

Audio Failure of South Sudan Peace Talks an Outrage

The leaders of South Sudan and the armed opposition challenging their authority have again failed to live up to their pledge to form a transitional government and end the fighting that has badly split the East African nation.

Audio Power at the Young African Leaders Initiative

“Democracy means government that respects the will and the rights of its people."

Audio U.S. Fully Engaged in Africa's Fight Against Ebola

With nations in West Africa facing the biggest and most complex outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in history, the United States is stepping up assistance to confront the disease.

Audio Religious Intolerance Continues in Eritrea

Released prisoners reported harsh detention and life-threatening conditions, including solitary confinement. Three persons detained for religious objections to military service reportedly died in custody during 2013.

Audio Summit Demonstrates U.S. Commitment to Africa

The leaders of some 50 African nations are gathering here in Washington to meet with U.S. government, business and civil society leaders to discuss trade and investment, peace and regional stability, and governing for the next generation.

Audio Famine Looms In South Sudan

South Sudan is experiencing the world’s worst food security crisis, one not caused by drought or flood, but by man-made conflict.

Freedom for Mariam Ishag

The U.S. welcomes the release and departure from Sudan of Ms. Mariam Ishag, a Christian who was accused of apostasy and sentenced to death last May.

Audio CAR Ceasefire Raises Hope

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have signed a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending more than 18 months of violence that displaced over a million people and killed more than 1,000.

Audio Concerns Over Convictions In Swaziland

The United States is deeply concerned by the convictions of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Audio Peace Talks Must Resume in South Sudan

New attacks, famine highlight urgent need.

Audio Young Leaders Will Shape Africa's Future

Five hundred young men and women from across Africa will gather in Washington next week, part of our nation’s long-term effort to support and invest in Africa’s next generation of educators, entrepreneurs, activists and leaders.

Audio Ethiopian Bloggers Should Be Released

The U.S. reiterates its call on Ethiopia to refrain from using anti-terrorism laws as a mechanism to curb the free exchange of ideas.

Audio Strengthening U.S.-Somali Relations

The Federal Government of Somalia has taken another step in joining the international community, appointing an ambassador to the United States and opening an embassy in Washington.

Audio Successes at the UN Human Rights Council

There were many notable outcomes at the recently concluded 26th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council or UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland.

Audio Threats Persist In Somalia Despite Progress

Gunmen with the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab have again attacked the presidential compound in the capital, Mogadishu.

Audio Unfulfilled Promise Of South Sudan Independence

With the memories of July 9, 2011 fresh in mind, now is the time to honor fully the Cessation of Hostilities agreement of January 23 to end the violence, especially which targets civilians.

Audio Libyan Human Rights Activist Assassinated

Prominent Libyan human rights activist and political thinker Salwa Bugaighis, was gunned down in her home town of Benghazi on June 26th.

Audio International Commitment for C.A.R. Aid

Nearly $51 million in additional assistance has been provided for Central African Republic relief, bringing total U.S. humanitarian aid to nearly $118 million this year.

Audio Nigerian State Election An Example of Democracy For Others

In a closely watched election seen as a test of civilian rule, voters in Ekiti State, Nigeria, have chosen Dr. Ayo Fayose as their next governor.

Audio Power On Sustainability And Development In Africa

“While we have made major progress in broadening girls’ access to primary education, far too many girls are leaving school early.”

Audio Time Is Critical To Create A New Government In South Sudan

Under pressure from regional bloc neighbors to cease hostilities that have created a humanitarian crisis in East Africa, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to negotiate a transitional government of national unity.

Audio Helping Protect Cyberspace in Sub-Saharan Africa

Because of our shared security and other interests, the United States this month conducted a workshop attended by representatives from 16 African nations to discuss cybersecurity and share information on protecting it.

Audio A Peaceful Transfer Of Power In Malawi

The southern African nation of Malawi has achieved another peaceful transfer of power with the inauguration of Peter Mutharika as president on May 31.

Audio Arbitrary Arrests Threaten Legal Rights In Rwanda

Some individuals were held for over a month without charge and were unable to communicate with lawyers or their families.

Audio Boosting U.S. Ties With Somalia

Recognizing Somalia’s progress and as a sign of our nation’s faith, President Barack Obama will soon name a U.S. ambassador.

Audio Shifting U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy

During a major foreign policy address at West Point, President Barack Obama said that terrorism, at home and abroad, remains the most direct threat to the United States.

Audio Progress Against Poaching Of Natural Resources

Poaching and illicit trafficking in wildlife and other natural resources is big business, worth billions of dollars.