United States President Barack Obama travels to three key African states for official working visits from 26 June to 3 July 2013. He is expected to arrive in South Africa on 27 June 2013 with meetings planned in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.
US-Africa relations have changed considerably over the past 20 years. A perceived limited American policy focused on providing ‘poor’ Africans with aid and selfishly dealing with its own security issues, such as access to oil and fighting terrorism, has now evolved into a partnership that is substantially more than just that. Today it is a relationship that is crucial for both entities. President Barack Obama’s upcoming Africa visit (26 June to 3 July 2013) is yet another testament of how far America is willing to go to prove it.
In dusty Dakar with its litter-strewn streets and heady interlaced smells of spice and goats, an astounding transformation is taking place which holds invaluable lessons for the rest of the continent. In the face of rising impunity and violence, increasing abuses of power, commodity price hikes, power failures and the rising fatalism of society in general and the youth in particular, a small group of young men have committed themselves to the restoration of a civic political culture and an accountable government.
eAfrica Volume 2, August 2004 THE stench wafts for miles around. Nonetheless, people of all ages, mostly men, scurry around the Mbeubeuss dump near Dakar, the capital of Senegal, salvaging anything that can be sold.
With its capital and principal port of Dakar located on the westernmost point of Africa, Senegal is poised to become the gateway to Francophone west Africa. The semi-arid former French colony is regarded as the economic success in the region with its strong commitment to the rule of law and democratic institutions.
By Dianna Games and Mercedes SayaguesSAIIA: 2006 ISBN: 1-919969-50-0 Published by SAIIA and funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Series editor: Elizabeth Sidiropoulos The Global Best Practice series examines a number of case studies in various sectors, with the aim of assessing their potential applicability in the Africa developmental context.