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U.S. Department of State: Washington Files/Africa Issues


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Nongovernmental Group Making Personal Philanthropy Easy
An American organization is making giving to international development causes easy while ensuring donors that their gifts have the effects they expect. The nongovernmental organization GlobalGiving, founded in 2002 by two former World Bank officials, also offers a way for donors to meet like-minded donors through the Internet.

United States To Provide $200,000 for Emergency Relief in Kenya
The United States will provide $200,000 to the Kenya Red Cross Society for relief supplies for people displaced by violence related to the disputed presidential election. "I condemn the use of violence as a political tool and appeal to both sides to engage in peaceful dialogue aimed at finding a lasting political solution," President Bush says.

U.S. and British Leaders Call for End to Kenyan Violence
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband jointly cite the need for “a sustained call from Kenya's political leaders for the cessation of violence by their followers” and call for the country’s leaders to engage “in a spirit of compromise that puts the democratic interests of Kenya first.” Their joint statement comes after days of violence across the country left as many as 300 people dead and caused tens of thousands to flee their homes to escape

State Department’s Lauren Landis Provides Update on Sudan
Lauren Landis of the State Department’s Sudan Programs Office, participating in a State Department webchat on December 20, answers questions before a global audience on current issues and U.S. policy in Sudan, specifically the crisis in Darfur; the role that the international community can play in terms of peacekeeping in that region; and U.S.-Sudanese relations.

U.S. Still Top Financial Contributor to Humanitarian Mine Action
The United States long has been the largest financial contributor to humanitarian mine action -- a broad category that covers clearance, funding for prosthetics, training of mine removers, mine risk education and research and development for better mine removal equipment and techniques. Since 1993, the United States has provided more than $1.2 billion -- or a third of all monetary contributions -- to some 50 countries that are, or were, affected by persistent land mines and explosive remnants of

United States, Nigeria Renew Ties
After a December 13 White House meeting with Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, President Bush praises the Nigerian leader for being “committed to democracy and rule of law.” Bush describes Yar’Adua as “very articulate in his desire to make sure that the people of Nigeria understand that their government will be fair and transparent, and will be a government of the people.” The two presidents describe their Oval Office meeting as a “good visit.”

Businesses Show Growing Interest in Social Responsibility
Many companies go beyond the "bottom line" in making profits and work to improve society at large, a practice known as corporate social responsibility (CSR). As an example, Chevron Corporation sponsors an Arrive Alive program in many developing countries. Created in 2004, Arrive Alive partners with local governments, nongovernmental organizations and private sector companies to define road safety issues in a specific country and develop an action plan to address the issue of fatal vehicular acci

Bush Announces Plans To Travel to Africa in 2008
In a speech commemorating World AIDS Day, Bush said: “The new relationships that America has forged in Africa are a high priority for our nation. I'm pleased to announce that Laura and I will travel to sub-Sahara Africa early next year. I look forward to seeing the results of America's generosity -- and to assure our friends that they have a steady partner in the United States of America.”