Young Leaders Will Shape Africa's Future

2014 YALI Washington Fellows studying in Virginia. (Photo by 2014 Washington Fellow, Rachael Njeri Wainaina)

07/25/2014
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. More

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.

Audio Resuming U.S. Aid To Madagascar

In light of successful 2013 elections and installation of a new government, the United States has lifted restrictions on provision of foreign assistance.

Audio Diligence Still Needed In Conflict Minerals

The United States has played a leading role in a number of international efforts to address the “conflict minerals” trade.

Audio Africa's Future Is Up To Its People

It is the people of Africa who will decide if recent progress will continue apace, or if as-yet unresolved problems will be allowed to wipe out a decade’s worth of advancement.

Audio Boosting Regional Cooperation Against Boko Haram

Nigeria is teaming with four neighboring nations to share intelligence and strengthen military cooperation to combat the threat posed to all of them by the militant terrorist group Boko Haram.

Audio Aiding Those At Risk In South Sudan

The United States has joined with other donor nations to significantly increase humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan.

Audio Elections in Guinea-Bissau

Voters in Guinea-Bissau helped the West African nation take a large step toward returning to democratic rule, turning out in good numbers to choose former Finance Minister Jose Mario Vaz as president in the May 18 run-off election.

Audio U.S. Condemns Apostasy Death Sentence In Sudan

The United States strongly condemns the death sentence for apostasy handed down last week to a Sudanese Christian woman.

Audio Strife Threatens Mali Peace Process

An attack on government officials visiting the city of Kidal in northern Mali risks renewing a bitter conflict that tore the West African nation apart in 2012.

Audio Holding Accountable Those Promoting Conflict In The C.A.R.

In a clear warning to those who may threaten the peace, stability and security of the Central African Republic, the United States has imposed sanctions on five individuals who are contributing to the terrible violence there.

Audio Electrify Africa

Power Africa will significantly increase the number of people with access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Audio New Agreement Offers Another Chance For Peace In South Sudan

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the former deputy who is leading the armed opposition against him, signed a new peace agreement.

Audio Stepping Up The Fight Against Boko Haram

Since 2009, the criminal terrorist group commonly known as Boko Haram has wreaked death and destruction across much of Nigeria's northern half.

Audio Holding Accountable Those Directing Conflict In South Sudan

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on two individuals it has identified as committing or ordering human rights abuses or obstructing the peace process there.

Renewed Peace Talks A Welcome Sign In South Sudan

Stalled peace talks between South Sudan's government and rebel forces have resumed under regional mediation in Addis Ababa.

Audio A New Government, A New Day In Madagascar

With the appointment of a new prime minister, Madagascar has taken an important step toward returning to democracy after five years of political and economic instability.

Audio Samantha Power On Genocide

Part of protecting against mass atrocities is preventing the conditions that allow them: rampant discrimination, the denial of human dignity, and the codification of bigotry.

Audio South Sudan Fighting Now Targets Civilians

Crisis took an even more serious turn with the targeting of civilians by armed individuals in recent attacks in the towns of Bentiu and Bor.

Audio U.S. Increases Engagement In Central African Republic Crisis

The appointment of a Special Representative follows several steps our nation is taking to address the critical needs in the C.A.R.

Audio Personal Interests Must Not Foil Peace In South Sudan

The United States continues to support regional and international efforts to bring the warring parties in South Sudan back to the bargaining table and end the fighting in the troubled East African nation.

Audio An Important Step Toward Peace In The C.A.R.

The United Nations Security Council voted to authorize creating an international peacekeeping force.

Audio Election A Hopeful Sign For Guinea-Bissau

The votes have been counted in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau, following the successful completion of what is widely seen as peaceful and orderly first-round elections April 13.

Audio U.S. Aiding The Fight Against Ebola Virus

The United States and other partners are working with international health officials to aid the fight.

Audio U.S. Promotes Interreligious Cooperation In the C.A.R.

U.S. sends delegation of religious leaders to Central African Republic.