State Department Builds on Obama's Forum with Young African Leaders

    The U.S. State Department will implement various activities as a follow-up to U.S. President Barack Obama’s Forum with Young African Leaders.

    The Aug. 3-5 forum in Washington, D.C., featured some 115 young African young leaders from 47 sub-Saharan nations. It involved discussions on good governance, economic opportunity and youth empowerment.

    The same issues will be the focus of innovative projects in Africa that the State Department will fund through small-scale grants. 

    The department will also help to convene technical innovators, program developers and civil society leaders to explore technical solutions to social problems through the contest “Apps 4 Africa.” The competition seeks to tap local developers in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania in creating digital tools to address community challenges in sectors such as health, education, governance and election monitoring.

    The State Department will also organize workshops, forum and other events to boost the U.S.-Africa partnership.

    A follow-on forum with young Africa leaders will be organized by the State Department in the first quarter of 2011. The forum, which will see American representatives travelling to Africa, will take place on a single day in multiple regional locations across the continent. U.S. embassies and consulates in Africa will also partner with participants to the President’s Forum with Young African Leaders to organize follow-on events in Africa.

    The State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will hold the Africa Alumni Enrichment Workshops in several locations in Africa. The workshops will engage African alumni of U.S. government exchange programs.

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