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.


Date: 09/17/2018 Description: U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo officiates the swearing-in ceremony for Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, at the Department of State, September 17, 2018.  - State Dept Image

U.S.-Africa Partnership

Assistant Secretary Nagy (Sept. 18): "The United States is the ideal partner for supporting Africans in building and strengthening democratic institutions and the type of business environments which attract investment that foster economic growth." Full Text»


Date: 06/16/2018 Description: U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson gives keynote remarks on the DREAMS program in Windhoek, Namibia, July 16, 2018. - State Dept Image

Partnership With Namibia To End AIDS

For the past 14 years the U.S., under PEPFAR and through the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USAID, has partnered with the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services to fight HIV/AIDS. We remain committed to helping Namibians maintain their hard-won progress. DipNote»


Date: 08/24/2018 Description: UPDF soldiers conduct a convoy exercise at the culmination of quarterly APRRP training activities conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps at the Uganda Peace Operations Training Center in Singo, Uganda. - State Dept Image

Strengthening Rapid Crisis Response Capabilities on the African Continent

As the UN marks 70 years of peacekeeping, the U.S. and Uganda are working together to continue to support efforts that help countries torn by conflict transition to lasting peace. DipNote»


Date: 08/11/2018 Description: PEPFAR colleagues led a trip to Eswatini with CDC, USAID, and HHS to meet with faith-based partners, including the Luke Commission. Eswatini is close to achieving epidemic control, despite having highest HIV prevalence in the world. - State Dept Image

PEPFAR and Eswatini

Spokesperson Heather Nauert (Aug. 11): "This week, PEPFAR colleagues led a trip to Eswatini with CDC Global Health, USAID Global Health, and Department of Health & Human Services to meet with faith-based partners, including the Luke Commission. Eswatini is close to achieving epidemic control, despite having the highest HIV prevalence in the world." (Twitter) More»


Date: 08/07/2018 Description: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan delivers remarks at ceremony - State Dept Image

20th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony of Embassy Bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Deputy Secretary Sullivan (Aug. 7): "Even as we remember our fallen colleagues, we continue our efforts to defeat al-Qaida, ISIS, and other global terrorist organizations and to prevent further attacks on the U.S. and our citizens. Our resolve is as strong today as ever." Full Text» Secretary's Statement» DipNote»


Date: 08/05/2015 Description: Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders - State Dept Image

Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

More than 700 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa will be in Washington, DC from July 30–August 1 for the State Department-sponsored Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit fosters and builds relationships that support and expand U.S.-Africa cooperation on shared goals on the continent. More»


Date: 07/25/2018 Description: Dynamic panel featuring USAID, Senegal, Shea Yeleen, WEConnect International, Walmart, and the African Women's Entrepreneurship Program. - State Dept Image

Six Things You Need to Know about African Women and Global Value Chains

With women making up much of the informal agricultural workforce in Africa, improving women’s positions in agricultural value chains is vital for Africa’s economic development. DipNote»


Date: 07/19/2018 Description: This year's Mandela Washington Fellows celebrate Nelson Mandela's legacy while admiring his statue at the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC. © Photo courtesy of Howard University

Mandela Washington Fellows Honor Mandela’s Legacy Through Service

To honor Mandela's legacy of service this year's Fellows will complete approximately 10,000 hours of community service during their six-week Fellowship experience in the United States. DipNote»