YALI 2019 Leadership Institute

U.S.-Africa: Enduring Partnership

U.S.-Africa Partnership

The United States knows that, on most of the urgent challenges and opportunities we face, Africa will make the difference. We can’t achieve our goals around the world – whether that’s ending the COVID-19 pandemic, building a strong and inclusive global economy, combating the climate crisis, or revitalizing democracy and defending human rights – without the leadership of African governments, institutions, and citizens . . . The United States firmly believes that it’s time to stop treating Africa as a subject of geopolitics – and start treating it as the major geopolitical player it has become.
Antony J. Blinken
Secretary of State

President Biden’s Message to African Union Summit Participants | February 4, 2021



Secretary Blinken’s Travel to Kenya, Nigeria, and Senegal | November 15-20, 2021

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken faces a group of African and U.S. diplomats on the tarmc wtih Air Force 2 in the background

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Economic Cooperation and Development


Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participates in a commercial diplomacy event and MOU signing in Dakar, Senegal, on November 20, 2021


Memorandum of Understanding Signing with U.S. Companies and Government of Senegal

Secretary Antony J. Blinken, et al.  | November 20, 2021


Textile workers creating clothes in factory


AGOA: Promoting Trade and Respect for Human Rights in Africa

Share America | November 17, 2021


Three women sewing


Prosper Africa: U.S. and African Businesses Growing Together

Share America | November 15, 2021




Youth Engagement


YALI by the Numbers | November 19, 2021


A young Kenyan woman sitting in an audience of smiles


Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

young African Leaders Initiative


Secretary Blinken sits at a desk and speaks to an audience on camera

Video Remarks

Secretary Blinken Virtual Discussion with Alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative

Bureau of African Affairs | April 27, 2021



Health Cooperation


Staff members collect data at a U.S. Agency for International Development vaccination clinic in Indonesia.


U.S. Seeks To Speed Global COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

Share America | November 16, 2021


Men in protective fear looking at machine and vials


Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Production in Africa

Share America | November 8, 2021


Medical recovery center inside of a tent


How Eight U.S. Diplomats Fought the 2014 Ebola Epidemic

Share America | October 18, 2021


Woman wearing head covering smiles as she holds her smiling baby

Fact Sheet

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Global Health Diplomacy America | February 2021



Security, Peace, and Stability


Man in military uniform holding fun and leading line of men approaching door on ship


U.S. Africa Command Helps Partners Address Security, COVID-19

Share America | November 23, 2020


13 men and women (some in military uniform) line up and pose in front of several military air crafts


U.S.-Made A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft Officially Inducted into Nigerian Air Force

U.S. Mission Nigeria | August 31, 2021


Female solider from Senegal walking


U.S. Helping African Partners Fight Terrorism

Share America | April 8, 2020


U.S. Army Sgt. Enock Langat, medical logistics noncommissioned officer for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), stands in front of medical supplies at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Apr. 24, 2020


United States Africa Command

U.S. Africa Command




Environmental Issues

Secretary Blinken poses with group of children behind sign that reads "National Geographic Kids Africa"


Launching of National Geographic Kids Africa

Secretary Antony J. Blinken | November 17, 2021


Man looks up as he collects limes from his orchard


Leaders Agree to “Transformative” Action To Stop Deforestation by 2030

Share America | November 5, 2021


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U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future