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:
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THIS pile of CAMEL CRAP can be BEAT at his own game---REMEMBER that he and the PROGRESSIVE DEMO-RATS are ALL CORRUPT---so WE use it against them---SEVERAL states have VOTER ID--or PROOF of citizenship---SO we push for this in ALL STATES---
HAMMER THEM ALL THE TIME ON POINTS LIKE THIS---until it is TIME TO REMOVE THEM BY WHATEVER WE NEED TO DO.
In 2008, the average number of people employed was 136,794,000.
In 2012, the average number of people employed was 133,363,000.
In 2008, there were slightly over 30 million people on welfare.
In 2012, there were slightly under 47 million people on welfare.
The National Debt at the end of fiscal 2008 was $9.986 Trillion.
The National Debt as of today is $16.739 Trillion.
The total Deficits over 8 years under Bush were $2.006 Trillion ($251 Billion per year).
The total Deficits in 4 years under Obama were $5.093 Trillion ($1,273 Billion per year).
The average Unemployment Rate under Bush was 5.33% (virtually the same as the 5.20% under Clinton).
The average Unemployment Rate for Obama has been 8.98%.
Sources; The official Obama White House 2013 Budget and the official Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- bailout money was committed for payback from day 1, Bush set the Iraq pullout timetable, the DOW is forward pricing like crazy a economic recovery that hasn't happened yet, except for a couple of financial sector companies no corps were in serious trouble and the bailouts were well under way when Obama took office, the trade deficit is down mostly because of cyclical exchange rate factors, the housing market recovery is 7 years old and is lagging previous recoveries dramatically, finding Bin Laden had zero to do with Obama leadership, and the afghan war is ending 4 years after Obama promised it would.
Congress is definitely not doing their job.... non stop obstructionism... terrible choices... entirely self centered policy making... single minded focus on anti Obama-ism
The president isn't doing his job either... ONE significant legislative achievement in 5 years, education foundering, job recovery far below population growth, no resolution on serious issues like debt ceiling.
Anybody signing up for either the President or Congress to say they accomplished anything other than Medical Reform (which the jury is still out on) hasn't recognized the reality of what's going on.
This President and the Congress sessions that served with him will go down as the most self centered, ineffective leadership in history.... and rightfully so.
the Dow is at 15000 because Bernanke has pumped trillions of worthless dollars into the economy, been to the grocery store lately, that's why steak is 12.00 a pound, the bailout money has not been paid back general motors still owes billions, true the big bankers were bailed out so they could get their million dollar bonus for rapeing the country, more oil and gas is being drilled despite not because of Obama , the housing market will tank once the fed stops pumping inflated money into the system and will crash just as hard or worse than it did, the jury's still out on bin laden and the foolishness of your vice president sealed the fate of seal team 6, tell the twenty or so people killed in the car bomb explosion last week the Iraq war is over , thank god congress has blocked the idiot legislation that this piss poor excuse for a president has tried to ram through just like he rammed through stinking obamacare forcing me to subsidize your health insurance and all the government leaches who suck at the government tit.!!!!
just a quick addendum to your GM point; take a look at the new GM plan for Mexico. I guess we Americans don't need jobs!
time to buy a Ford then and boycott GM
The closest I can come to an American car is built in Korea!
King Obama is sure spending our tax dollars abroad isn't he?
I'm asking my Congressman who's approving and supporting all this World King BS!
Dear Congressman McClintock,
I just listened to President Obama telling Africa he was going to change Africa. He was going to dump BILLIONS of US Dollars into the African economy.
My question to you Sir is:
Where in the Samuel J. Hopkins is this guy finding this money he spends? Are YOU approving these outrageous expenditures?
Do you know who is and what are their names?
Do you support Obama "rebuilding Africa" on the American Taxpayer dollar?
Who is authorizing this guy to commit America to a New World Order?
The last I heard, we didn't have a King! And the last I heard we didn't have a King of the World either!
I anxiously await your response and I assure you I will be posting it to all of the Tea Party networks.
Thank you Sir for your time and consideration.
Respectfully, Roger Mowery
"...Obama telling Africa he was going to change Africa..."
Sounds like the same line he fed US four and a half years ago! Are the people THERE buying it? They did here, but his lies have been well published here. Surely they have shown up there? He can keep the 'change'.
He figures now that the United States is trashed, he will start on Africa. Still belive this, not all hope is lost. The media propaganda machine has lead our hearts to be discouraged.
Hides everything from the good US citizens, and then holds all of their governing affairs behind closed doors.
He is the biggest 2face that ever walked the face of this Earth, let along having illegal possession of the whitehouse. He had a lot of help and support from the Sorros gang and his minions.
If Congress doesn't stop this usurper we MUST! He is taking over our country the same as Hitler took over Germany.
We MUST get our Congress to defund every idiotic program this fool comes up with. He is delusional (aka crazy) and unfit to run our country.
Yes Youth Can program in advance of Kenya’s March 2013 general elections, accomplishes the NWO plan affecting Youth “My ID My Life” to get 500,000 youth to obtain National identification cards. Deception by Obummer at it's finest!!