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A selection of State.gov, IIP Digital and DipNote Articles on Africa.
May 7-13, 2012
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MCC and Zambia Signs $355 Million Compact
       
  Women and children waiting to get water at kiosk window (Sustainable Sanitation Alliance)

MCC Sees Water as Route to Growth in Zambia
The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation and the government of Zambia sign a five-year, $355 million compact to reduce poverty in the country through economic growth, focusing on water.

 
       
  Remarks

Millennium Challenge Corporation Chief at Zambia Compact Signing“The Millennium Challenge Corporation is honored to partner with Zambia,” Daniel Yohannes, the Millennium Challenge Corporation's chief executive officer, says at the Zambia Compact signing ceremony.

 
       

Togo: Improving Infrastructures, Agriculture and Business

       
  Head shot of Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin (Treasury Department)

Treasury’s Wolin Urges Improvements in Togo
U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin tells lawmakers in the West African country of Togo that better infrastructure, agriculture and business climate would benefit economic growth. He says the government has the key role to play in creating a healthy climate for businesses.

 
       
  Remarks Treasury's Neal Wolin in Togo on Africa's Future
U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal Wolin addresses the Togolese National Assembly.
 
       

African Young Leaders, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, AGOA and South Africa

       
  Close-up of Joannie Bewa in foreground, with another woman in background (State Dept.)

Youth Activist from Benin Sees an Africa Full of Promise
Africa doesn't have to wait for every solution to come from outside the continent, says Joannie Bewa of Benin, a participant in the International Visitor Leadership Program. She believes that with education, hard work and optimism, Africans can find their own solutions.

 
       
  In this photo taken, Nov. 8, 2011, a woman poses with her Blackberry mobile phone in Johannesburg. The woman says she cherishes her phone as a link to family and friends, and also sees it as a radio, a library, a mini cinema, a bank teller, and more. [AP File Photo] Emerging Africa: Unleashing Africa’s Innovation Potential
About the Author: Kris M. Balderston serves as the Special Representative for Global Partnerships.
In the last week, I've travelled from Johannesburg to Cape Town to Addis Ababa. Along the way, I've been struck over and over again by the ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and innovation of the people I have met -- from townships to capital cities, from villages to major metropolises. Innovation parks are taking a place next to factories, investment banks next to mobile phone banking kiosks, and internet startups next to mom-and-pop store fronts.
 
       
  Media Note LIONS@FRICA Partnership to Promote African Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Today at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, high-level representatives from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, African Development Bank, Microsoft, Nokia, infoDev, DEMO, and the World Economic Forum launched a new partnership to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. The Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) partnership seeks to mobilize the knowledge, expertise and resources of leading public and private institutions to encourage and enhance Africa’s innovation ecosystem and to spur entrepreneurship across the continent.
 
       
  Fact Sheet Facts on Textile Provisions in AGOA and CAFTA-DR
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative releases a fact sheet on the renewal of AGOA’s third-country fabric provision and implementation of the CAFTA-DR agreement's textile and apparel provisions.
 
       
  Remarks Deputy Secretary Burns on South Africa Freedom Day
Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns speaks on Freedom Day in South Africa and U.S. policy in Africa.
 
       

Situation in Mali, Sudan and South Sudan – Rwandan Genocide Judgment

       
  Statement

State Department on Political and Security Situation in Mali
The State Department says the United States is deeply concerned about the deteriorating political situation in Mali and calls on the junta leader Sanogo and the CNRD to step aside and allow for the return of full civilian rule.

 
       
  Statement

U.N. Envoy Rice on South Sudan's Redeployment of Forces
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice says the United States welcomes the redeployment of all of South Sudan police services out of the Abyei area as an important step toward ending the border dispute with Sudan.

 
       
  Statement State Dept. on Rwandan Genocide Judgment
“The United States welcomes the May 8 International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda appeal decisions in the cases of Gaspard Kanyarukiga, Aloys Ntabakuze, and Ildephonse Hategekimana,” says the State Department spokeswoman
 
       

Counterpiracy and Counterterrorism

   

 

 
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NATO Counterpiracy
NATO's Operation Ocean Shield protects international commerce in the Gulf of Aden and the Western Indian Ocean. NATO ships coordinate with the EU and others to patrol over 4 million square kilometers.

 
       
  Remarks Amb. DiCarlo at U.N. Debate on Counterterrorism Committees
Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, U.S. deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, speaks at a U.N. Security Council debate on the United Nations’ counterterrorism committees.
 
       
North Africa: Algeria – Tunisia – Libya – Assistant Secretary Feltman
       
  Statement

Secretary Clinton on Algerian Elections
Secretary of State Clinton congratulate the people of Algeria on this week's elections, and adds that the elections — and the high number of women elected — are a welcome step in Algeria's progress toward democratic reform.

 
       
  Dr. Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, participates in an interview with a journalist in Tunis, Tunisia, May 3, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] Freedom of Expression: A Cornerstone of Democracy
About the Author: Dr. Esther Brimmer serves as Assistant Secretary of State forInternational Organization Affairs.  Freedom of expression is a cornerstone to any thriving democracy.  This idea came to life while I spent three days at UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day in Tunisia, where I had the opportunity to listen to and engage with journalists, bloggers, and citizen activists from across the Middle East and North Africa and beyond.
 
       
  Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Lorraine Hariton meets Maltese Minister of Finance, Economy, and Investment Tonio Fenech in Malta, April 26, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] Partnering With Malta To Support Investment and Development in Libya
About the Author: Lorraine Hariton serves as Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.
Against a backdrop of beautiful gardens and sunshine, I was honored to be welcomed by both Deputy Prime Minister Tonio Borg and Minister of Finance, Economy, and Investment Tonio Fenech when I arrived in Malta last week. I made the journey to discuss possible areas of cooperation between Malta and the United States with a view to commercial activity in North Africa, especially Libya.
 
       
  Remarks State’s Feltman on Challenges in Middle East, North Africa
Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman testifies before a House subcommittee May 9 on U.S. foreign policy priorities and challenges in the Middle East.
 
       
Agriculture and Water Resources
       
  Sabado Maria standing in front of cow pen (Courtesy of Land O’Lakes)

U.S. Partnership Revives Dairy in Mozambique
A joint project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and food company Land O’Lakes has revived dairy farming in Mozambique.

 
       
  Medium close-up of South Asian woman, in blue-flowered dress, with large clay jar of water under arm (AP Images) U.N. Report Shows Progress in Water Policies
A United Nations survey of more than 130 countries finds that many are undertaking reforms in water policies and are achieving success in better using the resource, improving sanitation and reducing pollution.
 
       
  Farmer adjusting piping of irrigation system spewing water mist (AP Images) U.S. Response to Future Water Crisis Takes Shape
The United States is preparing a multipronged strategy to help countries that may face domestic crisis in the next decade due to diminishing water supplies. The prospect of water crisis ranks as a national security concern, according to a recent report.
 
       

Health and Science: Fighting Malaria and Tsetse Fly

       
  Close-up of girl covered with blanket (WHO)

Online Gamers Join Battle Against Malaria
The ability to provide accurate diagnosis of malaria in rural villages is going to be an important factor in reducing the more than 650,000 deaths it causes each year. That ability could take the form of a crowdsourced computer game.

 
       
  Close-up of person’s fingertip with small fly on the end (Joseph Messina) U.S. Researchers Find New Way to Stop Dangerous African Pest
The tsetse fly carries a disease that can sicken and kill humans and livestock in 37 sub-Saharan countries. A team of U.S. researchers is developing a method that will allow better detection of the pests to strengthen eradication efforts.
 
       

Education

   



 
  Five people standing (Peace Corps)

Peace Corps Building Girls' Dorm in Malawi
Peace Corps volunteer Erica Ward of Asheville, North Carolina, is working with her community in Malawi to construct a girls’ dormitory for the local boarding school. The new dormitory will enable more students to attend the school and provide additional classroom space for nearly 300 students.

 
       

U.S. Politics: Same-Sex Marriage – 2012 Primary Schedule

       
  Cluster of television monitors in White House press room (AP Images)

President Obama Supports Same-Sex Marriage
President Obama says “that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

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

U.S. Athletes at London Olympic Games

   

 

 
  Middleweight boxer Claressa Shields pounding an opponent in the ring (AP Images)

Boxer Claressa Shields Fights for Olympic Berth
Claressa Shields, 17, has risen rapidly through the ranks of women's boxing to become a top U.S. Olympic prospect. The high school junior reveals who inspired her to enter the boxing ring and why she radiates confidence when she faces her opponents.

 
       
  Kellie Wells clearing hurdle (AP Images) For Olympic Hopeful Kellie Wells, No Hurdle Too High
Track star Kellie Wells, the reigning U.S. women's indoor and outdoor hurdling champion, is focused on making it to the 2012 Olympic Games. But she also wants to start a foundation that helps women and children escape from domestic violence. Learn how her personal history has shaped her goals.
 
       
  Light heavyweight boxer Marcus Browne pounding an opponent in the ring (AP Images) Boxer Marcus Browne Punches His Way to 2012 Olympics
With his quarterfinal victory at the Americas Qualifier tournament in Rio de Janeiro, U.S. light heavyweight boxer Marcus Browne has clinched a spot at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He's still focused on getting better, he says. Guess what motivates him as he sets his sights on London this summer.
 
       
  Champion hurdler Aries Merritt clearing a hurdle at a track meet (AP Images) Track Star Aries Merritt Aims for Olympic Spotlight
World champion hurdler Aries Merritt, 26, is setting his sights on competing at the 2012 London Olympics, but first, he has to make it through the U.S. Olympic Trials in June. Find out about the new technique he's adopted that gives him a big competitive edge.
 
       

African American Art

       
  Two women, one sitting and one leaning on wall, and man standing (Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Smithsonian Reveals Many Facets of African-American Art
African-American art is a source of cultural richness that may be sampled at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, thanks to a new exhibition, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond. Great painters, sculptors, photographers and multimedia artists represent many facets of 20th-century life and art.