Africa Action

Africa Action is a national organization that works for political, economic and social justice in Africa. Through the provision of accessible information and analysis combined with the mobilization of public pressure we work to change the policies and policy-making processes of U.S. and multinational institutions toward Africa. The work of Africa Action is grounded in the history and purpose of its predecessor organizations, the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), The Africa Fund, and the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC), which have fought for freedom and justice in Africa since 1953. Continuing this tradition, Africa Action seeks to re-shape U.S. policy toward African countries.

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Friday, November 06, 2009
Africa Action Applauds US Decision to Lift HIV Travel Ban, Calls for Sustained US leadership on Global Health Ahead of Global Fund Board Meeting
Africa Action congratulates President Obama and the administration's leadership in lifting the 22-year-old HIV travel and immigration ban in the U.S. Reducing stigma and discrimination associated with HIV is an integral part in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the promotion of human rights internationally. Ahead of this weekend's 20th Board Meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, it is vital that the U.S. fulfill its commitment to fight HIV/AIDS and fully fund The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Africa Action Reacts to Sudan Policy Announcement by Sec. of State Clinton
This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and General Gration finally announced a new U.S. – Sudan policy primarily based on “ incentives and disincentives ” depending on verifiable progress. Africa Action welcomes the Administration’s policy that addresses Darfur and all Sudan, and appears to be results driven. However, we voice concern with the vague pronouncement of a new policy strategy towards Sudan that relies heavily on classified information.
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Annual Fall Meetings Begin: Criticism Continues to Mount Towards World Bank/IMF Policies
As the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meet in Istanbul, Turkey for their Annual Fall 2009 meetings, the 5th Annual Southern Africa Social Forum (SASF) begins in Maseru, Lesotho. Activists and civil society leaders will convene in Lesotho to discuss under the theme of "Southern Africa peoples Unity against Economic crisis and Oppression." Africa Action notes that the timing of SASF is meant to indicate civil society voices objecting to macroeconomic policies prescribed by the IMF that hurt, not help, the economies in developing nations.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Break the Silence: Condemn the Violence!
In light of reports that over 157 people were killed in Conakry, the capitol of Guinea, when troops opened fire on opposition protestors, Africa Action unequivocally condemns this brutal repression and calls upon the U.S. Government and the international community to publicly condemn the actions of the military Junta. More worrying are reports that women are being especially targeted for abuse by the military. Specific information has pointed to the fact that large numbers of women have been raped or sexually abused.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Zimbabwe Global Political Agreement: One-Year Forward
Today is the one-year anniversary of the power-sharing accord that resulted in the creation of the new Zimbabwe unity government in early 2009. One-year forward, Africa Action notes that while serious challenges remain, significant changes have been made to improve the economic and political conditions on the ground.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
US to Serve over Presidency of UN Security Council
In September, the U.S. is set to assume the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). This comes on the heels of a trip by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to seven African nations when she signaled a U.S. commitment to strengthening women's rights in Africa. Africa Action urges the Obama administration to unveil a new comprehensive Sudan policy, coordinated with the international community, which includes the protection of women as a fundamental pillar and ensures their participation in on-going and future peace negotiations.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Allow Africa to Seize Control of Its Destiny; Prohibit Vulture Fund Profiteering in US Courts
In the wake of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week, nearly 50 leading advocacy organizations have asked Congress to limit Vulture Fund profiteering from poor country debts at the expense of impoverished citizens of the world's poorest nations.
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Africa Action Honors Nelson Mandela’s Birthday
On his 91 st birthday, Africa Action honors Nelson Mandela, one of Africa's most prominent international figures, for his long-standing tradition of human rights activism. Gerald LeMelle, Executive Director of Africa Action said this morning, "Today we celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday. His leadership and courage in making South Africa a more just society lives on through the work of a robust civil society on the continent."
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Monday, July 06, 2009
Akwaaba! …Ghana Should Meet Obama With Cautious Optimism
Today President Obama embarks on a tour that will include attending a meeting with leaders from the eight most powerful nations (G8) in Italy, followed by his first trip to the African continent as U.S. President.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Congress Acts to Tame Prowling Vulture Funds
Today advocacy organizations and debt relief campaigners welcome the reintroduction of the Stop Very Unscrupulous Loan Transfers from Underprivileged Countries to Rich, Exploitive Funds or “Stop VULTURE Funds” Act (H.R. 2932) This bill, introduced in the House of Representatives, is designed to protect developing nations from lawsuits by so-called Vulture Funds.
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