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: 11/08/2018 Description: A worker at the 400kv Nkhoma Substation, part of MCC's $350.7 million compact with Malawi. - State Dept Image

Women Are Powering Change in Malawi

Empowering women in Malawi is helping to power the country, and as its five-year compact with the country comes to a close the Millenium Challenge Corporation is proud to have played a role in cementing new opportunities for women in the future. DipNote»


Date: 10/31/2018 Description: South African youths smile as they look out of a window at Monato Intermediate school in Rustenburg, South Africa. - State Dept Image

The Future Belongs to Africa

Assistant Secretary Nagy sets out four themes for his engagement on this trip: promoting trade and stronger commercial ties betwen the U.S. and Africa, harnessing the potential of Africa's youth, advancing peace and security, and reaffirming our unwavering commitment to the continent and it's people. DipNote»


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Travel to U.K., France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria

While traveling October 29 to November 10, Assistant Secretary Nagy will focus on promoting stronger trade and commerical ties between the U.S. and Africa, harnessing the potential of Africa's youth, advancing peace and security through partnerships, and converying the U.S.'s unwavering commitment to Africa. More»


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Briefing on U.S. policy in Africa

Assistant Secretary Nagy (Oct. 23): "I will do everything I can to encourage American businesses to invest in Africa ... but the responsibility also lies on the African side to put environments in place which are transparent, which give everybody an an equal chance at the contract, where if an investor has a business dispute ... that both parties receive equal justice." Full Text»


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2018 PEPFAR Strategy Progress Report

Sept. 27: Secretary Pompeo released the 2018 Progress Report on the PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) during the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Report shows the remarkable impact of PEPFAR’s investments, putting up to 13 countries on pace to achieve HIV/AIDS epidemic control by 2020. Media Note» Report»


Date: 2018 Description: State Dept Logo - State Dept Imagenext steps on the south sudan peace process

Sept. 26: Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale convened a meeting on the South Sudan peace process at the UN General Assembly. Under Secretary Hale emphasized the U.S. partnership with the South Sudanese people and the region for a sustainable peace in South Sudan. More»