Bureau of African Affairs

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The Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs is 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 more about the mission of the Bureau of African Affairs here.

New PEPFAR results show over 14 million on hiv treatment

Ambassador Birx (May 16): "With the 15th anniversary, we continue to have remarkable and strong bipartisan support, and we’ve spanned three presidential administrations and eight Congresses, all of which have spoken to the importance of PEPFAR." Full Text» More» PEPFAR15»


Travel to East Africa

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Yamamoto traveled to Eritrea from April 22-24 and to Ethiopia on April 26 for bilateral consultations with government officials. More»


PEPFAR 2018 Annual Report

Apr. 10: Thanks to American leadership, we are at an unprecedented moment in the global HIV/AIDS response. For the first time in modern history, we have the opportunity to control a pandemic without a vaccine or a cure. Report» More»


Phase 2 of the High Level Revitalization Forum for South Sudan

Feb. 16: The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) welcome the parties’ constructive efforts toward compromise for the benefit of the people of South Sudan at the High Level Revitalization Forum over the last two weeks in Addis Ababa. More»


The First African American Diplomats

Feb. 14: In recognition of African American History Month and the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birthday, the U.S. Diplomacy Center hosted a special program exploring the diplomatic careers of two 19th century prominent African Americans who served as U.S. ministers to Haiti: Ebenezer Bassett, America’s first African American diplomat, and Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, writer, activist, civil servant, and diplomat. More» Photos»