Advocacy Groups Discourage Increasing U.S. Security and Counter-Terrorism Assistance to Uganda "As Africa-focused advocacy organizations committed to promoting peace and justice, we write to express our dismay,condemnation, and outrage over the recent attacks on civilians in Kampala, Uganda. However, as the United States government determines how to support the Government of Uganda in the immediate investigation of the attacks as well as in pursuit of long-term peace and development, we strongly discourage an increasing U.S. security and counter-terrorism assistance to Uganda..." July 26, 2010
U.S. Government Must Exert Firm Pressure on Gambian Government to Improve Human Rights Situation "We, the undersigned organizations, write to urge the U.S. government to exert firm pressure on the Gambian government to improve Gambia’s worrying human rights situation. Real or perceived opponents of the government, including human rights defenders, as well as ordinary Gambians, are regularly subjected to serious human rights violations at the hands of government officials..." July 22, 2010
Conference Report: Dare to Shape the Future, A Conference on Zimbabwe July 2010 “Africa Action’s Dare to Shape the Future Conference on Zimbabwe is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to provide space for inclusive dialogue among Zimbabweans to encourage citizens to look at the critical issues affecting Zimbabwe outside of the usual partisan lens. Because of the deliberately inclusive nature of the conference, participants included Zimbabweans of all political backgrounds, reflecting Africa Action’s belief that an inclusive government provides a crucial opportunity for Zimbabweans within and outside government to discuss moving the country from crisis, repression and conflict to a relatively stable political environment..."
Women's Rights are Human Rights Africa Action Statement on International Women's Day, March 2010 “March 8th marks International Women’s Day and the 15th Anniversary of the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, held in Beijing. Today, Africa Action celebrates the many achievements of women. Throughout the continent, women are organizing to strengthen and reinforce women’s movements and civil society organization’s capacity for gender advocacy and activism. However, women still face discrimination and inequality…”
Africa Doesn't Need Strongmen, it Needs Strong Institutions March 2010 “The Election of President Barack Obama brought jubilation to the streets of Nigeria. However, hopes of new U.S. engagement with Africa under an Obama Administration are dimming and illustrate that U.S. foreign policy still ignores the opinions and perceptions of African people. Former military dictator General Ibrahim Babangida left a legacy of brutality and corruption that is etched in the minds of most Nigerians, and they fear that the U.S. may support, or worse, seek his return to power. Indeed, the U.S. has a history rife with support for ruthless dictators…”
Zimbabwe Solidarity Update February 2010 “Despite continuing tensions, Zimbabwe’s fragile inclusive government has resulted in significant economic and political changes since its formation in February 2009. Considerable as these changes are, a lot remains to be done to restore Zimbabwe to its former state of relatively prosperity and stability. The reality is that President Mugabe surrendered significant power to the long time opposition Movement for Democratic Change; and thus, dynamic power sharing has replaced unilateralism as the new political environment in Zimbabwe. In 2010, constitutional reform and national healing will be tremendously important processes for Zimbabwe…”
Africa Action Report: The 2009 People's Constitutional Convention July 28, 2009 "Africa Action was invited to participate in the People’s Constitutional Convention organized by the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and the National Alliance for NGOs (NANGO), in Harare. Africa Action highlighted four benchmarks for a truly democratic constitution: a free political environment, a people driven process, a democratic content, and a free and fair referendum. Click here to read the full report..."
Media Briefing Booklet: President Barack Obama's Visit to Ghana July 10, 2009 July 10, 2009 "Over the past decade, Africa’s status in U.S. national security policy has risen dramatically, for three main reasons: America’s growing dependence on Africa’s oil exports, Africa’s importance as a major battlefield in America’s “Global War on Terrorism,” and Africa’s central position in the global competition between America and China for economic and political power..."
Consultation on the Crisis in Darfur: New Strategies for a Just Peace Settlement May 18, 2009 "The following is a report published by the Africa Today Associates, Inc and Africa Action. It includes discussion on recent peace efforts in Darfur, expanding humanitarian interventions, the challenges and opportunities of building and maintaining civil society pressure on Sudan, and the role of U.S. civil society in building peace and a just society in Darfur..."
Kenya and Zimbabwe: Democratic Challenges and Opportunities January 28, 2009 - Briggs Bomba, Africa Action "The world’s attention has been riveted in 2008, by election crises in Africa, first Kenya, and now Zimbabwe. In both cases, challenges remain in converting electoral victory to political power. Can a victorious opposition come to power in the face of an obstinate incumbent?..."
Challenges for the next U.S. president: Hopes and Realities January 22, 2009 - Gerald LeMelle, et al, Center for International Relations, International Affairs forum "President Barack Obama faces the enormous challenge of reestablishing the United States' standing around the world. The global outpouring of joy over Obama's victory serves as testament to George W. Bush's hugely unpopular foreign policy. By the time the Bush administration started to adjust its highly ideological "cowboy in the saddle" approach to international relations, the damage had already been done…" (See page 69)
Recommendations to President Barack Obama for a new U.S. Government Strategy in Chad December 15, 2008 "Analysts, policy makers and experts are now accepting that the conflicts in Chad and Sudan have mutually reinforcing dynamics. Chad’s internal political instability is having devastating consequences on the peace processes in Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR). A new U.S. Government strategy must be created to stabilize Chad and bring to an end the continued degradation of conditions in the region..."
A Dream Deferred: The 2008 Zimbabwe Elections July 1, 2008 "In March 2008, Africa Action and TransAfrica Forum sent a joint delegation to witness Zimbabwe's historic elections. This in-depth Special Report lays out the information and analysis gathered directly from grassroots communities, trade union organizations, and other civic groups. Three-page Executive Summary available here..."
Beyond Darfur: Sudan in its Entirety May 19, 2008 "This Africa Action resource lays out the challenges facing three marginalized communities, all of which are critical to the long-term peace and development of Sudan and the region..."
The Ties that Bind Bush and Bashir April 8, 2008 "This Africa Action report explores the hypocrisy of U.S.-Sudan policy, on the one hand condemning genocide, and on the other working closely with Khartoum on the so-called war on terror..."
African Voices on AFRICOM February 22, 2008 "Africa Action stands in solidarity with African voices opposing the militarization of U.S.-Africa relations..."
Six Months Since 1769 January 31, 2008 "The following report offers a month-by-month account of the status of UN Security Council Resolution 1769 since its passage on July 31 2007 and the failure of the international community to protect the people of Darfur and adequately respond to the political crises affecting all of Sudan..."
Darfur in Context December 10, 2007 "This Africa Action report relates the crisis in Darfur to Sudan's other conflicts and addresses some common misperceptions of the situation in Darfur..."
Big Pharma and Big Profits: Denying Access to AIDS Medication August 3, 2007 "Millions of people in Africa and in the Global South are unable to access treatment for HIV/AIDS due to the high costs of medicine. This Africa Action report demonstrates how desire for profits is cutting off life-saving medication for Africa..."
Another Africa is Possible: The World Social Forum March 20, 2007 - Diana Duarte & Evelyn Sallah, Foreign Policy in Focus "This report, arising from observations and dialogues at the 2007 World Social Forum in Nairobi, asks the question: what would "another world" look like for Africa, and how are new alternatives emerging in Africa?..."
Six Months Since 1706: The International Failure to Protect Darfur March 9, 2007 "With the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1706 in August 2006, the international community expressed its will to send a strong UN peacekeeping force to Darfur to provide protection for civilians. This report examines the failure of the international community to implement this resolution..."
Report: Leveraging New International Action on Darfur December 14, 2006 "This new Africa Action report reveals what U.S. foreign policy would look like if Darfur were a top priority, and calls on the U.S. to use its leverage with key international actors to achieve the necessary UN peacekeeping force to protect Darfur..."
The UN Security Council and the Darfur Crisis: A Country-by-Country Analysis October 31, 2006 "The passage of UN Security Council Resolution 1706, authorizing the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force, was an important step towards providing security for the people of Darfur. This resource lays out the stated positions of Security Council members and the need to move forward on this resolution..."
A Tale of Two Genocides: The Failed U.S. Response to Rwanda and Darfur September 9, 2006 "This new Africa Action report examines the disturbing patterns in the U.S. response to the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and to the current genocide in Darfur, Sudan. It emphasizes the lessons the U.S has yet to learn, and lays out the actions needed now to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur..."
Darfur Chronology April 5, 2006 - Coalition for International Justice (CIJ) with Africa Action "This database represents the first effort to systematically and comprehensively chronicle the Darfur crisis & related events – ranging from attacks against particular villages to humanitarian and relief operations, to diplomatic, political and peace efforts aimed at resolving the crisis..."
Exploring the Emerging Social Movements in Africa at the Third African Social ForumJanuary 2005 - Marie Clarke Brill "The Third African Social Forum (ASF) took place in Lusaka, Zambia in mid-December 2004. The ASF provides an annual open meeting place where groups and movements of civil society come together to dialogue and network towards collaborative action. This report includes notes and analysis of the African Social Forum and provides reflections on emerging social movements in Africa..."
'Compassionate Conservativism' Comes to Africa May 23, 2004 - Salih Booker & Ann-Louise Colgan, Current History "While the HIV/AIDS crisis is the most urgent threat facing Africa & the world, the Bush administration's current orientation is to delay action. In contrast, Washington's interest in African oil and the specter of terrorist cells quietly shapes the immediate course of US Africa policy..."
America & Africa May 2003 - Salih Booker, William Minter & Ann-Louise Colgan, Current History “Africa's issues are global issues – HIV/AIDS, human development, new models for economic growth, peace, and democracy…in practice, however, [U.S.] priorities are being set by another agenda, a war agenda." – This article provides an overview of current issues and trends in U.S. relations with Africa.
Bush's AIDS Plan: More Smoke and Mirrors March 2003 - Salih Booker, Economic Justice News, 50 Years is Enough Network "In his January 28th "State of the Union" address, U.S. President George W. Bush announced a new plan to increase funding to fight AIDS in Africa, and suggested a change in the direction of U.S. policies toward the global fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic...Within weeks, however, the White House had reneged on the promises that the President made..."
U.S. & Nigeria: Thinking about OilJanuary 2003 - Salih Booker & William Minter, Great Decisions “After years of internal conflict and military rule, oil-rich Nigeria is once again one of Africa's most influential nations. Yet it still confronts staggering poverty and corruption. If the U.S. wants to help, Washington must look beyond Nigeria's oil and consider its people and their environment.” – This article was published as one chapter in Great Decisions 2003, a briefing book published by the Foreign Policy Association.
Africa Policy for a New Era: Ending Segregation in U.S. Foreign RelationsJanuary 2003 - Africa Action “The policies of the United States toward Africa should be understood as a clear manifestation of Washington's world view and global objectives…Washington must move African concerns from the margins of foreign policy to the center, if it is to sharpen its focus on the most destabilizing international threats and the most urgent global priorities.” – This report provides an overview of current African challenges and offers recommendations for U.S. policy on priority issues and areas.
Hazardous to Health: The World Bank and IMF in Africa April 2002 - Ann-Louise Colgan, Africa Action “Over the past two decades, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have undermined Africa's health through the policies they have imposed...Cutbacks in health budgets and privatization of health services eroded previous advances in health care and weakened the capacity of African governments to cope with the growing health crisis. This position paper provides a brief background overview of World Bank and IMF policies, focusing in particular on their impact on Africa’s health..."
AIDS in Africa: is the world concerned enough? January 2002 - Salih Booker & William Minter, Great Decisions “If African countries are left to confront the HIV/AIDS pandemic with the small level of outside support they have received to date, few are likely to succeed and the spread of instability will heighten global insecurity.” – This article was published as one chapter in Great Decisions 2002, a briefing book published by the Foreign Policy Association.
Africa Action on the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) August 2001 - Africa Action “Africa Action is addressing the WCAR on four principal issues: (1) a declaration that the slave trade and enslavement of Africans were crimes against humanity; (2) the right to reparations for slavery, colonialism, apartheid and continuing racism; (3) the cancellation of African countries' external debts; (4) financing for the Global Fund for AIDS and other infectious diseases...” – This position paper provides a summary of the principal issues Africa Action highlighted for the WCAR.
Global Apartheid July 2001 - Salih Booker & William Minter, The Nation “Global apartheid, stated briefly, is an international system of minority rule whose attributes include: differential access to basic human rights; wealth and power structured by race and place; structural racism, embedded in global economic processes, political institutions and cultural assumptions…” – This article examines how the global AIDS pandemic reveals an international system of global apartheid.
Africa’s Debt July 2001 - Ann-Louise Colgan, Africa Action “The 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa spend approximately $13.5 billion every year repaying debts to rich foreign creditors for past loans of questionable legitimacy. These debt repayments divert money directly from basic human needs such as health care and education, and fundamentally undermine African governments' fight against the AIDS pandemic.” – This position paper provides brief background on Africa’s debt, and explores the failure of current debt relief initiatives to resolve this crisis..."
Bush’s Global Agenda: Bad news for Africa May 2001 - Salih Booker, Current History “Today's 'global' issues, from HIV/ AIDS to global warming, and from trade policies to the failure of international peacekeeping, have their most immediate and devastating consequences in Africa . . . These vital challenges must be addressed in Africa, in solidarity with Africans, if they are not to overwhelm the world.” – This article analyzes the prospects for U.S. Africa policy under the Bush Administration.