Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield leads the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, the division in the Department focused on the development and management of U.S. policy concerning the continent. There are four pillars that serve as the foundation of U.S. policy toward Africa.
1) Strengthening Democratic Institutions;
2) Supporting African economic growth and development;
3) Advancing Peace and Security;
4) Promoting Opportunity and Development.
Read the full description of the pillars here: U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa.
Secretary Kerry (Apr. 13): "We believe that Africa has enormous capacity – unique on the planet, really, for both political and economic growth and development and we know that the African Union is going to play an absolutely critical role in shaping that growth and that development." Full Text»
President Obama's Message on the Nigerian Elections
On March 28, Nigerians went to the polls to elect their next President. President Obama released a message to the Nigerian people to highlight the opportunity that the upcoming election presents for all Nigerians to stand together in rejecting violence and extremism and instead show their support for a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous future. More» Presidential Statement»
Secretary Kerry (Feb. 27): "Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, the United States was the largest bilateral donor to Liberia’s health sector, working to increase the health sector capacity." Full Text» Presidential Remarks» Fact Sheet»
U.S. Policy and Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa
Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield (Feb. 25): "We have a lot to talk about today, upcoming elections, the recent AU summit, regional security issues, economic challenges, and let me add, opportunities, because this is a year for tremendous opportunity for the people and the nations of Africa, particularly on the elections front. Many African nations will head to the polls in the next few months, so it’s important for us to talk about the role that a responsible press can, and should, play in supporting free, fair, and peaceful elections." Full Text»
President Obama's Message on the Ebola Virus
The 2014 Ebola outbreak is one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history and the first in West Africa. It is affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Educating yourself about the Ebola virus is one way to help stop the virus from spreading. Watch President Obama's message on the Ebola virus and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information. More» DipNote» CDC»
U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
Closing of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
President Obama (Aug. 6): "Our New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition continues to grow, aiming to lift 50 million Africans from poverty. In our fight against HIV/AIDS, we’ll work with 10 African countries to help them double the number of their children on lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs. And even as the United States is deploying some of our medical first responders to West Africa to help control the Ebola outbreak, we’re also working to strengthen public health systems, including joining with the African Union to pursue the creation of an African Centers for Disease Control." Full Text»
President Obama (Aug. 6): "Africa’s rise means opportunity for all of us -- including the opportunity to transform the relationship between the United States and Africa. As I said in Cape Town last year, it’s time for a new model of partnership between America and Africa -- a partnership of equals that focuses on African capacity to solve problems, and on Africa’s capacity to grow. And that’s why we’re here." Full Text» Summit Page»
Dreams for Africa
Participants from this year's YALI group share their insights on thier hopes and dreams for themselves and what Africa does and can offer. Africa is...
President Obama (July 28): " I launched the Young African Leaders Initiative to make sure that we’re tapping into the incredible talent and creativity of young Africans like you. Since then, we’ve partnered with thousands of young people across the continent -- empowering them with the skills and the training and technology they need to start new businesses, to spark change in their communities, to promote education and health care and good governance." Full Text»
Secretary Kerry (July 28): "We have five hundred fellows from all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This is really remarkable. This is a first. And I know the real presence of a kind of excitement, a hopefulness, a sense of possibility that is accompanying and defining this meeting." Full Text» Social Media Kit»
The strategy outlines four key objectives for U.S. support: (1) the increased protection of civilians; (2) the apprehension or removal of Joseph Kony and senior LRA commanders from the battlefield; (3) the promotion of defections and support of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of remaining LRA fighters; and (4) the provision of continued humanitarian relief to affected communities. Fact Sheet»