Sounding off on 'Obama's billions for Africa'

U.S. President Barack Obama in Accra, Ghana. Devex readers share their opinion on whether President Obama's ‘billions’ for Africa plans and partnership deals do enough to forward development goals. Photo by: Pete Souza

It seems only fitting to devote this week’s “Vuvuzela,” a column that derives its name from the African instrument and noisemaker that gained worldwide popularity during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, to the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and the Devex coverage – and reader responses – that the summit inspired.

We raised questions about what President Barack Obama’s numerous billion-dollar announcements during the summit and his administration’s ongoing drive to transition perceptions of Africa from “aid recipient” to “trade partner” mean for global development agencies and professionals.

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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.