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FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Rule of Law, and Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

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:

  • In Kenya, the $53 million Yes Youth Can program empowers nearly one million Kenyan youth to use their voices for advocacy in national and local policy-making, while also creating economic opportunities.  In advance of Kenya’s March 2013 general elections, Yes Youth Can’s “My ID My Life” campaign helped 500,000 youth obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration, and carried out a successful nationwide campaign with Kenyan civic organizations to elicit peace pledges from all presidential aspirants.
  • In Tanzania, the United States has dedicated $14 million to strengthening government accountability institutions and linking them with Tanzanian civil society watchdog groups and civic activists in a constructive partnership to further government transparency.  The program focuses on improving access to information for Tanzanian citizens in four key development sectors:  health, education, natural resource management, and food security. 
  • The United States will soon launch a program in West Africa to build the capacity of civil society organizations to responsibly advocate on land tenure issues, including land rights, working closely with governments and the private sector to improve responsible natural resource utilization and the protection and advancement of human rights and economic development.

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:

  • The United States and the University of South Africa are partners in developing a network of alumni from the university’s Democratic Elections in Africa Certificate Program for African election officials and other administrators, leading to more professional, independent, and effective electoral commissions across the continent.
  • This summer, the United States will launch an initiative to strengthen African efforts to ensure electoral integrity by supporting a network of activists across the continent to share best practices for elections preparation, engage in cross-border elections monitoring, and track adherence to campaign commitments using the latest technological and mobile platforms.  This investment lays the groundwork for a larger multi-donor, multi-implementer fund focused on improving the standards and best practices for electoral monitoring and civic engagement.

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:

  • In West Africa, the United States has established the Africa Regional Anti-Corruption Training Program, a two-year initiative to support the establishment of stable judicial and law enforcement institutions that combat organized crime and drug cartels and support rule of law.
  • With U.S. support, the West Africa Regional Training Center (RTC) brings together justice sector and security officials from across the region, creating relationships and boosting knowledge and skills on topics ranging from investigative analysis to combating corruption.  By September, the RTC will have conducted 12 courses and trained approximately 400 officials from ten West African countries to combat government corruption, organized crime and drug cartels, and support rule of law.
  • In Southern Africa, the 5-year Justice as a Right in Southern Africa (JARSA) program partners more than a dozen Southern African legal aid and human rights NGOs to increase judicial independence, improve the capacity of human rights lawyers and the legal community to enforce the rule of law, and encourage active civic participation in domestic and regional judicial processes.

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:

  • The United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the Omidyar Network Making created All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development,  a $45 million fund to support innovation and research to harness and disseminate new technologies to enable greater citizen engagement and government responsiveness.
  • The Freedom of Information Act App, a mobile phone application supported by the United States, provides Nigerians with a detailed explanation on the newly-implemented Nigerian freedom of information law and allows users to get information on how to request public information.
  • Kenya, Malawi, and Senegal have partnered with the United States to join the Better Than Cash Alliance, through which they can accelerate the transition from cash to electronic payments made by governments, the development community, and the private sector.  The electronic distribution of payments increases transparency and efficiency, reduces corruption, and ensures accountability – while facilitating access to formal financial services.  The Better than Cash Alliance was launched in 2012 by the U.S. Agency for International Development in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, Visa, and the United Nations Capital Development Fund.

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a 100% asshole

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---


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!!




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Gohmert: Dems Will Drag Out Impeachment — Try To Get ‘Best Socialist’ Nominated For President

During an appearance on Huntsville, AL radio’s WVNN on Thursday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) offered his best assessment of what House Democrats were trying to accomplish with their impeachment efforts.

Gohmert told WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” impeachment could tie up the Democratic Party’s presidential campaign efforts but predicted Democrats would use the occasion to nominate “the best socialist” they can.

“They would lose in the Senate,” Gohmert said on impeachment. “And besides that, the entire time it was on trial in the Senate, the Democrats who are running for president wouldn’t be allowed to campaign. That’s in the Constitution. They wouldn’t be able to campaign. I just can’t imagine them wanting to do that because if they send it to the Senate, they have now perfectly set up the scenario of 1996, where they will reassure Donald Trump is reelected as president. They don’t want to do that. They’re probably going to drag this thing out as long as they possibly can … through Iowa, through primaries — try to get the best socialist they can to be nominated.”

“Then just end up and say, ‘Now we’re close enough to the general election. We’ve thrown mud at the president through the House,’” he continued. “What they’re really doing — they’re using taxpayer funds to campaign against Trump. That’s all this is — a campaign fund that taxpayers are paying for in order to try to throw mud at the president. I’ll be surprised if they have that vote, but I can’t imagine they want to set up this president for reelection by having a trial in the Senate where they lose.”

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