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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:
This guy really does wan't to be KING OF THE WORLD!! TO anyone that still has any doubt about how dangerious this ID program run by the federal GOVERMENT is JUST READ the line and paragrafe below it .LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO REVOLUTIONIZE GOVERMENT AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION. and tell me it's NOT GOING TO BE MISSED USED IT SAYES IT RIGHT THEIR IN THEIR OWEN WORDS. THEY ADMIT IT!!!!
I am sooooooo tired of that false word...transparency..think I will go puke again.....
I"M with you Debra S
Dear GOD let O'nitwit and his Moochele be invited over for diner by a tribe of African Cannibals so that we only have to IDICT shotgun Joe for TREASON .
If you will notice, it incorporates all of his "Slogans" he used in corrupting our elections, or variations thereof, "Yes We Can", accountability and transparency (Yeah, right!!), activists/ism, and forms of "community organizing" (another pseudonym for "agitation") All of the things we got, didn't need, and unfortunately the uninformed/low information voters foisted, they are going to get!! Why should America be the only country Obozo has screwed up!!?? Sequester??? What sequester????? Voter ID? That is designed to keep black people from voting, doncha know!! Oh, maybe in Africa it will keep white people from voting, y'think?
He attacks our coal industry and promotes getting Africa power 7 billion of our money we don't have. Doesn't want voter ID here but want's it there! This Userper POS has got to go. Every thing good for the rest of the world except the US.
I forget who said it, but Communism would be possible once Capitalism is perfected. I believe that is the aim in support of Africa's adopting standards that promote organization. Once that organization is achieved it becomes possible infiltrate its machinery. Just look at the people who control our government today. This requires a little research and I offer no clues.
It matters little what we think... or what our laws and Congress have authorized to be funded. Obama will do what he wants and challenge anyone to stop him. Congress appears to be 'irrelevant' along with our Constitution. Pres. Obama marches to the Marxist drummer and the dictates of a 'new world order' , not to our Constitution or the Rule of Law.
The only thing that will get Pres. Obama's attention will be ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT... he will ignore and obfuscate any other attempt to address his lawless acts. It should be obvious by now that Pres. Obama considers himself to be an Emperor... immune to the rule of law. If the Congress continues to ignore their duty to IMPEACH the President they become his accomplices and equally guilty of the acts he commits.
It is time to organize nationally too begin huge sustained and determined protests until Congress acts to defend the Constitutional against an out of control President, Administration and recently the SCOTUS. Impeach the corrupt in government or get out of the way... let those with the fortitude to do what is correct too hold high office and get rid of the cowards and the accomplices to corruption in government.
look what type of governments exist in those African countries. it is a way to make sure they stay in power without executing most of their populations.