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April 2-10, 2012
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  Macky Sall standing in vehicle, waving (AP Images)

U.S. Delegation Congratulates Senegal’s New President
The chairman of the Millennium Challenge Corporation leads a U.S. delegation to the inauguration of the new president of Senegal, Macky Sall. His defeat of the incumbent and peaceful rise to leadership is seen as a victory for democracy in Africa.

  MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes, second from right, meets with members of Senegalese civil society, March 2012. [MCC photo/ Public Domain] Senegal: The Path to Promise
Daniel W. Yohannes serves as Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
As Senegal today celebrates the 52nd anniversary of its independence, I just returned from the inauguration of the country's new president, Macky Sall. Last Thursday, I was honored to receive a call from the White House asking me, on behalf of President Obama, to lead the official U.S. delegation attending his inauguration. Ambassador Johnnie Carson, the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and General Carter Ham, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, joined me on the delegation, which was rounded out on the ground by our U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, Lewis Lukens.
  Statement Secretary Clinton on Senegal's National Day
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sends best wishes to the people of Senegal as they celebrate the 52nd anniversary of their independence on April 4.

Political and Security Situation in Mali


The Political and Security Situation in Mali (April 6)
State Dept. acting spokesperson Mark Toner: We do not recognize the statement by the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA) announcing independence as valid, and we reiterate our support for the territorial integrity of Mali.

  Statement The Political and Security Situation in Mali (April 3)
State Dept. spokesperson Victoria Nuland: We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing political crisis in Mali. Mali’s territorial integrity is at stake and its political institutions will be further weakened if Captain Amadou Sanogo and his supporters do not release their illegitimate grip on Mali and its people immediately.

Situation in Sudan and South Sudan

  Grain sacks printed with U.S. flag in foreground, helicopter in background (AP Images)

U.S. Sends Aid, Urges End to Sudan–South Sudan Violence
President Obama is urging President Kiir of South Sudan to continue to work for cooperation with Sudan, despite tensions that have developed on the border between the two nations. The United States is joining a humanitarian operation to meet the needs of tens of thousands of refugees.

  Statement White House on Situation in Sudan
President Obama authorizes the use of up to $26 million from the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund to respond to the unexpected and urgent needs resulting from the conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states of Sudan.
  Readout Obama’s Call with South Sudanese President Kiir
President Obama speaks with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on April 2 on the recent developments in South Sudan and Sudan and express hope that the two countries’ heads of state will meet soon at a summit.
  On-the-record Briefing U.S. Officials on Humanitarian Situation in Sudan, South Sudan
U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Princeton Lyman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Catherine Wiesner and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Christa Capozzola address the humanitarian situation in Sudan and South Sudan.

New President of Malawi


State Dept. on New President of Malawi
The United States congratulates Joyce Banda on becoming the new President of Malawi and looks forward to continued partnership with the government and people of Malawi, the State Department says.

  Statement MCC on Inauguration of Malawi’s New President
The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation applauds the constitutional transition of power in Malawi and congratulates the Malawian people for this step forward for democracy in their country and in Africa.
  Statement National Security Council Spokesman on Malawi
The United States extends its condolences to the people of Malawi and the family of President Bingu wa Mutharika following his recent passing and welcomes the announcement that Vice President Joyce Banda was sworn in as president.

Attacks in Somalia




White House on Attack on National Theater in Somalia
The United States strongly condemns the attack in Mogadishu that resulted in a tragic loss of life and offers condolences to the Somali people, particularly those who lost family and loved ones.

  Statement U.N. Security Council on Somalia
The U.N. Security Council issues a statement strongly condemning the April 4 terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, which killed and injured innocent civilians.
  Remarks Ambassador Rice on Syria, Somalia
Susan Rice, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, answers a reporter's questions on developments in Syria and Somalia.
  Factsheet Fact Sheet on Meeting of Counter-Piracy Contact Group
A State Department fact sheet outlines actions taken at the March 29 meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. 

Horn of Africa

  Four people walking on top of bags of food commodities (USAID)

U.S. Partners to Promote Disaster Resilience in Horn of Africa
USAID, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and other development leaders established an alliance to promote resilience against disasters in the Horn of Africa.

  Media Note Increase in U.S. Funding to Drought Relief in the Horn of Africa
The United States continues to be deeply concerned by the humanitarian emergency in the Horn of Africa, and particularly the hard-hit Somali population. Despite the end of famine conditions in February, nearly 10 million people in the region still require humanitarian assistance. For this reason, the United States Government is providing an additional nearly $50 million in aid for refugees and drought-affected communities in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya in addition to what we have already provided.

Peace and Security in Liberia and Burundi



  Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Tori Holt speaks with U.S. civilian police officer Jack Nielson on board an airplane in Liberia, March 2012. Nielson, the former Police Chief of Albany, New York, serves as Deputy Police Commissioner of UNMIL, the UN Mission in Liberia. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Civilian Police Officer Plays Key Role in UN Peacekeeping Mission to Liberia
Annie Pforzheimer serves as Director for UN Peackeeping in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.
Meet Jack Nielsen, former Police Chief of Albany New York. These days, as Deputy Police Commissioner for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) he oversees over 1,300 police advisers and officers serving as peacekeepers, from over 40 countries. Jack is from Albany, New York, where he had a law enforcement career that spanned over 30 years. He had seen and done it all.

  Peacekeepers of the U.N. mission in Burundi prepare to destroy assault rifles, guns, grenades, mortars, mines and ammunition, pictured, on Dec. 27, 2005 on the outskirts of the capital Bujumbura. [AP File Photo] Burundi Takes on Marking Small Arms After Successfully Clearing Landmines
Katie Smith serves as an Assistant Program Manager in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.
In November 2011, the government of Burundi reached a major milestone in its recovery from decades of civil war with the announcement that their country had reached "landmine-free" status. Now, with the help of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Burundi has embarked on a new initiative to build on these gains by improving security of its military and police forces' inventories of small arms and light weapons, such as assault rifles and pistols.

President Obama on Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide
President Obama comments on the 18th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda.

  Statement Secretary Clinton on the Commemoration of 18th Anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide  
  Statement State Dept. on 18th Commemoration of Rwandan Genocide
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner commemorates the 18th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

Trade, Investment, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Africa and Wordwide


U.S., Tunisia Enhance Trade and Investment Ties in Tunis Talks
Senior government officials from the United States and Tunisia meet in Tunis to explore steps to enhance trade and investment ties both bilaterally and with other partners in the Middle East and North Africa.

  Edmond Mugarura standing in bank lobby (Courtesy of Morgana Wingard) USAID Deploys Investment Officers to Seven Countries
USAID has sent field investment officers to its offices in seven countries to help build links between lenders and local entrepreneurs involved in economic development.
  Ron Kirk (AP Images) New Reports Show Progress in Removing Trade Barriers
In three new reports to President Obama and to Congress, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk details efforts made in the past year to remove barriers to U.S. international trade.
  Christine Lagarde at Associated Press podium (AP Images) IMF Chief: U.S. Economy Strongly Linked to Global Recovery
The global economic recovery requires the support of a strong U.S. economy, says IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
  Remarks State’s Sherman on Seizing Opportunities in Africa
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman discusses the economic opportunities in a transforming Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
  Fact Sheet Private Sector Role in Millennium Challenge Corporation Compacts
A fact sheet from the U.S.Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty,outlines how the private sector is being enlisted to participate in compacts with developing nations.

Agriculture Assistance and Food Security

  Men crouching over prawn-filled net (USDA)

U.S. Food Aid Programs Assist Millions Worldwide
Long-term and emergency food aid programs conducted by two U.S. government agencies benefit millions and contribute to the Obama administration’s Feed the Future food security initiative.

  Children seated at table with plates of food (AP Images) USDA’s Aid Programs Will Feed Nearly 10 Million
International food assistance in 2012 will benefit more than 9.7 million people worldwide under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition programs, USDA says.
  Man in tractor in field (AP Images) Modern Agricultural Production Continues to Increase Yields
Large-scale conventional crop farming has produced higher yields while using less fertilizer and water, and fewer chemical pesticides, says American political scientist Robert Paarlberg.
  Inspector facing into pen with cattle (AP Images) Report: Stronger Inspections Needed for Global Food, Drug Trade
The international market for medicines and foods is expanding all the time, but a report from U.S. specialists suggests that global regulators aren’t keeping pace. Nations need to work together to prevent duplicate inspections and nurture the technical skills to monitor these products.

Nature and Environment


  Two young men working outside with large compressing implement (Peace Corps)

Peace Corps Introduces Alternative Fuel in Madagascar, Rwanda
Peace Corps volunteers in Madagascar and Rwanda are working to reduce the impact of deforestation by introducing green charcoal into local communities.

  Thick-coated, spotted wild cat (USAID) Understanding All Earth’s Life Forms Is Urgent Task to Begin
The life forms on planet Earth that we don’t know about outnumber the ones we do know about. An international group of scientists calls for an urgent campaign to take inventory of the biosphere before more extinctions occur.
  Several people around gushing water pipe (USGS) U.S. Scientists Lend Skills to Water Resource Protection
The U.S. Geological Survey is preparing to expand its international work — helping countries assess water supplies, where they come from and how they are used — as a member of a newly forming global water partnership.
  Banner showing an aluminum can and plastic bottles beneath a layer of soil with grass growing on top (Launch.org) State Department, Partners Seek New Waste-Management Solutions
The LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Forum announces a challenge to identify 10 innovative, game-changing proposals that have the potential to transform current waste-management systems and practices. LAUNCH seeks "a sustainable future for planet Earth and its inhabitants," say forum organizers. 
  Two global maps (NASA Earth Observatory/Mike Carlowicz) NASA Offers Virtual View of Global Climate Change
The latest data on climate change obtained from Earth satellites may be viewed on NASA's award-winning Global Climate Change website. It features interactive tools, articles and apps for download, such as the new, 3D Earth Now app.

U.S.-Africa Cultural Exchanges

  Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis hosts a roundtable with U.S. and South African state and local officials at the Department of State on March 13, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] Leveraging Sister City Relationships as a Driver of Economic Development
Reta Jo Lewis is the Secretary's Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs.
The Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs, in partnership with the Bureau of African Affairs and Sister Cities International, recently hosted a "Smart Partnership Dialogue: Global Engagement Series" entitled, "Leveraging Sister City Relationships as a Driver of Economic Development." U.S. and South African state and local officials discussed the economic advantages and benefits to building strong city-to-city relationships and how best to utilize these relationships for mutual benefit.
  Media Note

Los Angeles-based Dance Company Jazz Tap Ensemble Tours Africa With U.S. Department of State's DanceMotion USA(SM)
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Academy of Music will send Jazz Tap Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based dance company, to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe to tour as part of DanceMotion USASM, April 9-May 5.


Press Freedom



  Two young women adjusting camera (GlobalGirl Media)

Giving Girls a Voice
GlobalGirl Media gives girls a voice by teaching them the life skills of journalism.

  Photo Gallery Evolving Media and a Free Press  

U.S. Elections


U.S. Elections: 2012 Primary Schedule
The dates for Republican primaries and caucuses are set for the 2012 presidential race.