President in Africa

"I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect." - President Barack Obama

A New Partnership with Africa

President Obama traveled to Kenya and Ethiopia in July. His trip built on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continued efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security. 

During the visit, the President attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, a partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Kenya, that convened over a thousand people, including entrepreneurs, investors, educators, government officials, and business representatives.

It was President Obama’s fourth trip to sub-Saharan Africa during his presidency. 

USAID is proud of the new and innovative ways we work 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 are 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 work 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. 

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Last updated: August 18, 2015

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