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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: 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»

Date: 07/11/2018 Description: Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan delivers opening remarks at the United States-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum) at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on July 11, 2018.  - State Dept Image

Forging New Strategies for U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment

Deputy Secretary Sullivan (July 11):  "The administration places great importance on our relationship with Africa and sees genuine promise in the prospects for enhanced trade relationships with our partners." Full Text» Video» DipNote» More» 

Date: 06/28/2018 Description: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (center left), Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump (center right), and Acting Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Kari Johnstone (front far left) pose for a group photo with the 2018 'TIP Report Heroes' at the U.S. Department of State. - State Dept Image

Who Are the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes?

Each year, the Department of State honors individuals from around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. DipNote»

Date: 06/10/2016 Location: Lagos, NIGERIA Description: Nigerian Muslims offer prayers on the first Friday of Ramadan at the central Mosque in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday, June 10, 2016. Muslims throughout the world are marking the holy month of Ramadan, during which observants fast from dawn till dusk. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) © AP Image


From June 18-22, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback traveled to Abuja, Kaduna, and Lagos, Nigeria. Ambassador Brownback and Ambassador W. Stuart Symington met with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society groups. More»

Date: 06/18/2018 Description: Nigerien security and defense forces establish a perimeter in Agadez, Niger. - State Dept Image

Deepening Community Police Ties in the Sahel

State Deptmartment Official (June 18): "Improved internal communications strengthen our partnerships in this fragile region, hinder radicalization to violence, and prevent terrorism in the future. Through efforts and partnerships like this community resiliency program, Niger is gaining recognition as a strong counterterrorism partner." DipNote»

Date: 05/31/2018 Location: United Nations, New York Description: A wide view of the Security Council during the vote in favor of Resolution 2418. © UN Image


Ambassador Haley (May 31): "We urge Council members to use this time to think about the reality of life in South Sudan. . . . I don’t think any of us could look a survivor of this conflict in the eye and say the right thing to do today was to delay. We must stop making excuses and take real steps to end the conflict instead." Full Text» Video»