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:
I'm against abortions but there are exeptions to everything pahrumper.
This has to do with the communist agenda.
Eliminate United States borders.
Anything to gain power and control.
It is good in Africa if it suits the goal.
Her in the United States it's bad cause it stops there control.
Get off your rear and TAKE ACTION. Talk to people off this site. Inform and eduact the young people.
And I find it difficult to get any help with fixing my damaged home from a hurricane? I am wondering ... it the insurance industry part of Obama's master plan?
What a total hippocrate. Doesn't support it over here because it would interfere with his voter fraud agenda.
maybe we should adopt some of these same programs here...instead of using the irs, nsa..and the black panthers.
It is my view that the best way to limit voter fraud is thru photo ID.
Further proof he hates AMERICA AND ALL SHE STANDS FOR.
Hell we don't even get that here and it's out money he is giving away... Obonzo has put Americans down the rabbit hole.
It is part of the proof that they like our ideas but not for us. Ever notice the muzzies that come here like all our hard earned stuff but never try building the same in their area
maybe he will run there for dog catcher
I vote for following a parade with a shovel & wagon picking up manure.
I knew that trip to Africa would cost us even more money. The whole purpose was to stick his nose into the workings of another country and tell them how to run it when he doesn't even know how to run this one. He's getting ready for his future rule there when he gets kicked out of the US. I just knew he would be giving away another bunch of money. Giving money to terrorists blew up in his face so he's trying another angle. He doesn't know the meaning of the word "transparency". He's such a joke but I'm not laughing. What do you want to bet all the money going for all those so-called things is really going into a private bank account of BHO? "Reduces corruption and ensures accountability"? What a tool! When his administration has so much corruption and no accountability? What a hypocrite! As far as I'm concerned he can just stay there, but cut the money off from here! He supports it there but won't support it here because he wants to keep us under his fraudulent thumb. What he's doing to this country is tyranny.