1 Sub-Saharan Africa plays a critical role in advancing global priorities for the benefit of Africans and Americans.
3 It is impossible to meet today’s defining challenges without African contributions and leadership.
4 The region will play a leading role in efforts to: end the COVID-19 pandemic; address the climate crisis; reverse the global tide of democratic backsliding; address global food insecurity; promote gender equity and equality; strengthen an open and stable international system; shaping the world’s rules on vital issues like trade, cyber and emerging technologies; and address the threat of terrorism, conflict and transnational crime.
5 Building on the actions and commitments of the Biden-Harris Administration to deepen our engagement and partnerships in Africa over the past year, the strategy articulates our new vision for a 21st-century US-Africa Partnership.
6 It recognizes the tremendous and positive opportunities that exist to promote shared interests together with our African partners.
7 At the same time, we recognize that Africa’s potential will continue to be challenged as deadly conflicts divide societies, corruption impedes economic progress, food insecurity increases the risk of famine and malnutrition, and repression stifles human rights and expression.
9 As President Biden noted in his speech to the African Union last year, “None of this will be easy, but the United States is ready now to partner with him, in solidarity, support and mutual respect.”
11 We will pursue four main goals in sub-Saharan Africa: 1.
12 PROMOTE OPENNESS AND OPEN SOCIETIES Unidos has an abiding interest in ensuring that the region remains open and accessible to all and that governments and the public are able to make their own political decisions.
13 consistent with international obligations.
14 Open societies are generally more inclined to work in common cause with the United States, attract more trade and investment from the United States, pursue policies to improve conditions for their citizens, and counter harmful activities by the PRC, Russia, and the United States.
15 other actors.
16 We will foster openness and open societies by, among other things: Promoting government transparency and accountability Increasing our focus on the rule of law, justice and dignity Helping African countries make more transparent use of their natural resources for sustainable development 2.
17 DELIVER DEMOCRATIC AND SECURITY DIVIDENDS The region’s commitment and capacity to renew its democracies, as well as to anticipate, prevent and address emerging and long-standing conflicts, can lead to more favorable outcomes for Africans and the Americans.
18 By simultaneously addressing these challenges and reaffirming that democracy brings tangible benefits, the United States can offer positive choices to Africans as they determine their own futures.
19 We will help Africa deliver democratic and security dividends, for example by: Working with allies and regional partners to stem the recent wave of authoritarianism and military takeovers Supporting civil society, empowering marginalized groups, centering women’s voices and youth, and defending free and fair rights.
20 Enhance the ability of African partners to promote regional stability and security Reduce the threat from terrorist groups to the homeland, people, and U.S. diplomatic and military installations 3.
23 The United States is committed to working with regional governments and international partners to build more stable and inclusive African economies.
24 We will advance pandemic recovery and economic opportunity, for example by: Prioritizing policies and programs to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and building capacity to increase preparedness for the next health threat Supporting initiatives manufacturing of vaccines and other medical countermeasures Promoting a higher growth trajectory and debt sustainability to support the economic recovery of the region, including through the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), Prosper Africa, Power Africa , Feed the Future and a new digital transformation initiative Partner with African countries to rebuild human capital and food systems further weakened by the pandemic and Russia’s war against Ukraine 4.
25 SUPPORT CONSERVATION, CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Africa’s efforts to conserve and restore the ecosystems of the continent and rich natural resources, while achieving energy access and energy security goals, diversifying its energy mix and building sustainable supply chains are critical to addressing the global climate crisis.
26 Although the region is responsible for extremely low emissions per capita, it is likely to suffer some of the most severe effects of climate change.
27 We will support conservation, climate adaptation and a just energy transition, for example: Partner with governments, civil society and local communities to conserve, manage and restore the continent’s rich natural ecosystems Support countries in their efforts to minimize and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, including improving community, economic, and supply chain resilience Work closely with countries to accelerate their just transitions to a future of clean energy, energy access, and energy security Pursue public-private partnerships to sustainably develop and secure critical minerals that clean energy technologies will supply