"I believe the purpose of development should be to build capacity and to help other countries actually stand on their own feet… Instead of perpetual aid, development has to fuel investment and economic growth so that assistance is no longer necessary."
- President Barack Obama
"President Obama's Power Africa initiative, unveiled during his recent trip there, has the potential to make a major impact on a continent where millions of people — including more than two-thirds of those in the sub-Saharan region — live every day without reliable access to affordable electricity."
- NY Times Editorial Board
"Taking on the challenge of increasing reliable electricity across the continent is not only a development imperative, but it is a great opportunity for businesses both in Africa and here in the U.S. to do well by doing good."
- Initiative for Global Development op-ed
"Innovative public-private collaboration on energy may be the next step in “powering” Africa to its potential greatness"
- U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
President Barack Obama and the first family visited three African countries in July highlighting the expansion of the United States’ partnership with Africans. With Africans as architects of their own development, the partnership will increase trade and investment, strengthen democratic institutions, invest in young people and support improvements in health, education and economic opportunity.
USAID is proud of the new and innovative ways we are working with African countries to build a peaceful and prosperous future. Many parts of the continent are making steady progress toward ending extreme poverty, fueled by robust economic growth, better governance and improved service delivery.
These gains have been supported by USAID’s investments in agriculture, health care and democratic institutions, and our increased focus on women and a new generation of African thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators--all of whom are transforming their communities. In concert with partners throughout Africa, we are working toward ending extreme poverty and providing millions with a foothold in the global economy—and helping to realize the promise of the world’s most youthful region. Scroll down to read about the new initiatives announced during the President’s trip to Africa.
While visiting South Africa, President Obama announced the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, a new flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders initiative (YALI). This new Fellowship will bring 500 young African leaders each year to U.S. universities for world-class training in business, leadership and public administration. With the support of private- and public-sector partners, Washington Fellows will have access to exceptional opportunities including internships and small grants to start businesses, establish or expand NGOs, or undertake projects to improve their communities. Read More
In South Africa, the President launched Power Africa—a new initiative led by USAID to mobilize investment in clean and renewable energy—and stressed the importance of private sector engagement to facilitate trade and open new markets. The launch of Power Africa caps months of preparation and follows the establishment of partnerships with host country governments and the private sector. So far 35 private sector partners have committed more than $14 billion to projects in six African countries -- Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. U.S. Government agencies have committed more than $7 billion in financial support. Read More
While in Tanzania, President Obama launched Trade Africa, an initiative that unites U.S. Government trade efforts to support trade within Africa, and expand trade and economic ties between Africa, the United States and other global markets. Trade Africa will initially focus on the member states of the East African Community but aims to expand its collaboration with other regional economic communities in Africa. The initiative seeks to increase EAC exports to the United States by 40 percent and significantly reduce border and port transit times to ease the movement of goods and services. USAID’s three regional Trade Hubs will be expanded into Trade and Investment Centers. Read More: Details about Trade Africa
In Senegal, President Obama announced the release of the 2013 Feed the Future progress report highlighting some of the impressive results being made through U.S. Government global food security efforts. Other food security advancements were highlighted during President Obama's visit, including Senegal's commitment to join the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. The President also announced a new partnership with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa that will help governments strengthen their seed sectors and promote other key agricultural technologies crucial to the New Alliance goal of helping lift 50 million sub-Saharan Africans out of poverty by 2022. Read More: Read the Feed the Future Report and Scorecard
Last updated: February 28, 2014