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Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Famine, Violence, and Forced Displacement

Tens of millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the man-made crises in South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen - all of which are driven by violent conflict - and Somalia, where ongoing conflict is compounding the effects of severe and prolonged drought

Today the United States announced more than $329 million in additional humanitarian assistance to provide urgently needed aid to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for these four crises to nearly…

Source: U.S. Embassy - Cairo |

U.S. and Egypt Celebrate 70th Anniversary of Fulbright Program

Since 1949, the BFCE has awarded study, travel, research and teaching grants to over 6,000 Egyptians and 1,000 Americans

Expanding educational exchange between Egypt and the United States was the focus of a May 21 event hosted by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE) to mark the 70th anniversary of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship program. The U.S.-funded program began worldwide in 1947 under the initiative of the late…

Source: Embassy of the United States - Accra - Ghana |

U.S. Ambassador Launches 2017 School Net Distribution Campaign

The U.S. government has supported this campaign, in partnership with the Ghanaian government, since 2013

U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson launched the 2017 Primary School Insecticide-Treated Nets distribution campaign today at the Southern LEKMA Cluster of Schools in Accra. Ambassador Jackson joined officials from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, representatives from the health and education sectors, and primary school teachers and children at…

Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

The Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) held its 23rd meeting in Nairobi Kenya

The Chiefs of Defence Forces received briefs from the AMISOM Special Representative, Force Commander and Police Commissioner, US, EU and UNSOS thereafter, important issues were discussed

The Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) convened its 23rd meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 19 May 2017, which was hosted by the Kenyan Defence Forces. The Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDS) of AMISOM Troops Contributing Countries (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda)…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Joint Statement on the recent violence around Brak Al-Shatti airbase

Joint Statement by the Ambassadors to Libya of the People’s Republic of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America on the recent violence around Brak Al-Shatti airbase

In light of recent violence around Brak Al-Shatti airbase in Libya’s south which again risks escalating into renewed conflict, Taking note of relevant UN Security Council resolutions(UNSCRs), including UNSCRs 2213, 2259 and 2278, and our statement of 11 April 2017 concerning violence around Tamanhint airbase, Reiterating our determination to support…

Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

Communique of the 685th PSC meeting on the renewal of the mandate of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA)

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 685th meeting held in Addis Ababa on 12 May 2017, considered the renewal of the mandate of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) and adopted the following decision: Council, 1. Takes…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

USTDA Connects U.S. Industry to Solar Project in South Africa

The grant funds a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in the Free State province of South Africa

Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Pele Green Energy (Pty) Ltd, a South African independent power developer based in Johannesburg. The grant funds a feasibility study to assess the viability of a 75 megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in the Free State province of South…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Namibia |

U.S. Ambassador visits Kavango East to see how babies are protected from HIV

Since 2004, thanks to several programs addressing mother-to-child transmission in Namibia, including the USAID Technical Assistance Program (UTAP), the HIV infection rate in children born to HIV-positive mothers has dropped by over 90 percent, especially in the Nyangana area

U.S. Ambassador Thomas Daughton traveled to the Kavango East region to join mothers and their babies celebrating the achievement of preventing HIV transmission from mother-to-child thanks to the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ Early Infant Diagnosis program (EID). The EID program implements early postnatal HIV testing of children as…

Source: U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa |

Power Africa Launches New Initiative at African Utility Week

Power Africa announced the launch of its Southern African Energy Program this week in Cape Town, South Africa.  This announcement came as representatives from Power Africa, a U.S. government-led initiative, and the U.S. Mission in South Africa participated in African Utility Week and the Gas to Power World Congress. The…