The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
The United States strongly supports the great strides many African countries have made to ensure good governance, rule of law, and respect for human rights. We commend the progress they have made to broaden political participation and improve governance, and will remain a steady partner as they continue to work to strengthen electoral processes, ensure transparency and accountability in government, and provide security while respecting and protecting universal rights and fundamental freedoms.
In addition to our ongoing diplomacy and our efforts in multilateral institutions, in 2012 the United States – through the U.S. Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – provided more than $292 million in support for these efforts, including in the following priority areas:
Supporting Civil Society and Independent Media
Civil society and independent media play a critical role in any vibrant democracy. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the United States supports efforts to ensure civil society organizations and independent media can organize, advocate, and raise awareness with governments and the private sector to improve political processes, transparency, and government performance. Examples include:
Assisting Credible Elections and Democratic Processes
Elections provide citizens with the opportunity to build strong, peaceful democratic systems and give citizens a stake in the future of their countries. The United States supports efforts across the continent to promote credible, transparent and effective democratic processes through civic and voter education, building the capacity of African election commissions, strengthening political parties, training and supporting election observers, and facilitating the inclusion of women, youth, and people with disabilities. We also partner with regional centers of excellence to share best practices in electoral management and build capacity for improved elections implementation. Examples include:
Consolidating the Rule of Law and Protecting Human Rights
Many countries in Africa have made good progress on strengthening the rule of law, but much work remains. In some parts of the continent weak, ineffective, and partisan judiciaries contribute to – or fail to provide justice in the face of – a range of societal scourges, including gender-based violence, organized crime, impunity and corruption, labor abuses, and human and narcotics trafficking. The United States supports efforts to improve the ability of governments to strengthen the rule of law, particularly in transitional and fragile states. Our programs also assist governments to investigate and prosecute corruption, organized crime, and narcotics and human traffickers. Examples include:
Partnering to Promote Open Government and Transparency
The United States is committed to promoting open and accountable governance in Africa and around the world. As a founding member of the Open Government Partnership, we are working to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies. South Africa was a founding member of the Open Government Partnership when it was launched in 2011. Since then, four more African nations –Tanzania, Ghana, Liberia, and Kenya – have joined, and four more — Cape Verde, Malawi, Senegal, and Sierra Leone – have committed to join by the end of 2014.
Leveraging Technology to Revolutionize Governance and Civic Participation
The United States continues to expand support for cutting-edge technological innovations that improve government performance and accountability, open new frontiers for advocacy and civic engagement, and link Africa’s tech-savvy citizens and leaders across the continent. Examples include:
Sure he supports it, he not running for office in Africa.
Why doesn't he just go and STAY there, and get out of our hair??? He can then orchesrtrate the whole thing. As long as they have Teleprompters!
That was my thought. Although I said two-faced weasel.
What a JOKE!
Typical Liberal Hypocracy.
Typical of a TREASONOUS , FRAUD, ILLEGAL , POTUS , COMMIE LIB/DEM POS MAGGOT SH*T
And the penalty in many African countrys for FAGGETS is death . Larry we need to get a campaign about O'fag being QUEER in Africa .
This empty chair is changing THIS country. We have a House and Senate who do not care what excutive order he issues or what laws he decides the Gov't will not enforce. The WH is calling for a National ID for the US... perhaps he gives a waiver when it comes to voting. Unless the Dems plan on giving their supporters 10-20 ID that they can use. Watch out cemetaries.. The OBUMOCARE XCHANGERS will be out getting your info off your head stone. Dead you might vote more than when you were alive.
It just never ends! His nose has got to be the longest ever..
The rancid POS wants voter ID in Africa and not here, the rancid POS wants the ruel of law in Africa, and will not follow it here,,,,,just who was it that voted for this idiot and did anyone ever wonder that if Obummer and Pelosi would have had children, what would they be like!?!?
They would look like Trayvon...is that not what king o said???.....just sayin"