Open letter to the U.S. and Heads of African State and Governments

Civil Society Open letter to African heads of StateDear Excellencies, 

Next week President Obama will host the U.S. – Africa Leaders’ Summit (henceforth the Summit) in Washington, D.C. Although this summit mainly focuses on trade and investment in Africa, the theme is “Investing in the Next Generation” and a number of signature and side events have been organized which appear to acknowledge the role of civil society, women and youth in the development of Africa.  In the run-up to this Summit, we the undersigned civil society organizations, call on you to ensure that serious consideration is given and firm commitments are made to ensuring an enabling environment for the participation of civil society, women and youth in Africa’s development.

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How to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Africa

BY JEFFREY SMITH Obama’s major summit with the continent’s leaders will only succeed if the White House eschews autocrats in favor of a new generation of democratic champions.    Over the next few weeks, there is going to be an awful lot of chatter about the current and future state of relations between the United States and Africa. That is because U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which will take place in Washington, D.C., from Aug. 4 to 6. It is clear from the White House’s website for…

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