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USAID Presence Countries in Africa, click for detailed listing.

Making Progress in Africa 2003 - 183 kb PDF
Highlights USAID's program accomplishments and challenges in Africa during 2002-2003.

Newsletter: USAID in Africa,
Summer 2004

News, Updates, and Resources from USAID's Bureau for Africa.

In the Summer 2004 Issue:

  • Presidential Initiative Brings Textbooks to Guinea
  • USAID Responds to Darfur Crisis
  • Fighting One of Africa’s Biggest Killers
  • MCA Expands Development Assistance Options
  • Locust Swarms Threaten Crops
  • Food For Peace Marks 50 Years
  • Bringing Banking Services to More South Africans
  • Gorilla Conservation Creates Economic Opportunities
  • Pre-Election Fora Educate Voters in Malawi
  • Doubling Number of Computers at the University of Asmara

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Emergency in Darfur, Sudan

Map showing Darfur region of SudanThe humanitarian emergency in Darfur is a direct result of violence and harassment directed toward the Fur, Zaghawa, and Masaalit civilian groups by Government of Sudan (GOS) forces and GOS-supported militia groups collectively known as Jingaweit. [more info]

USAID's Strategy in Africa

Africa’s challenges are numerous and complex, but there is also much potential and opportunity for growth and development throughout the continent. Investing in people is perhaps the single most important factor in economic growth. USAID will continue to support greater access to education and health services to build a more educated and healthier workforce. Because agriculture is the foundation of most African economies, increasing the productivity of agriculture is critical to reducing poverty and increasing food security. The growing HIV/AIDS pandemic threatens to compromise the economic, social, and democratic gains made in Africa in recent decades, and new funds and programs will work to stem this serious threat to Africa’s future. Violent conflict and instability will remain a serious risk for almost half of the countries in Africa for the foreseeable future, yet there are promising signs that democracy is spreading and taking hold across the continent. USAID will place greater emphasis on conflict mitigation and management, and will continue to support civil society organizations, encourage greater accountability in government, and promote respect for the rule of law.

Central to USAID’s assistance programs in Africa are four new initiatives to improve education, increase agricultural productivity, promote trade with Africa, and protect the Congo Basin Forest.

Other important elements in USAID’s program include a new Anti-corruption Initiative to combat this insidious threat to growth and development in Africa, and a significant expansion of support for HIV/AIDS related programs, including the Presidential Mother and Child HIV Prevention Initiative to reduce the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.

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Africa Malaria Day, April 25, 2004 - Children for Children to Roll Back Malaria
This year, people across Africa and the world commemorated Africa Malaria Day on and around April 25, 2004.
 

AIDS orphans in Lesotho

Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief
The $15 billion President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is focused on achieving the goals of treating at least two million HIV-infected persons with anti-retroviral therapy, preventing seven million new infections in 14 countries in Africa and the Caribbean, and caring for 10 million persons infected with or affected by HIV, including orphans and vulnerable children.

Crisis in Liberia
Intermittent civil war since 1989 has led to devastating consequences for the humanitarian situation in Liberia.

Sudan Humanitarian Relief
Sudan's civil war has resulted in massive destruction and loss of life.

Delivering on Africa's Promise - 649kb PDF
This brochure describes the U.S. government's program of assistance to Africa and highlights President Bush's 2003 trip to Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda, and Nigeria.

USAID's Response to the Global Coffee Crisis
USAID is providing resources and coordinating initiatives to address the worldwide coffee crisis. Currently, USAID supports coffee activities in over 25 countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

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