On 26th March 2019, the Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN) team (Pictured with Congresswoman Karen Bass, in blue) attended the congressional hearing titled “Looking Forward: US-Africa Relations” by the House Subcommittee on... READ MORE
Restoring U.S. Funding of the WHO
On May 29, 2020, President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the WHO and announced on April 14th that he would defund it. WHO funding is essential for Africa. AFJN with AdNA advocated Congress for continued participation in and funding for the WHO. The House of Representatives included WHO funding for 2021.
A Moratorium on Rents Increase During COVID-19
On May 8, 2020, AFJN sent a letter to Congressional Committees asking for a moratorium on rental increases. The stay-at-home orders were causing financial hardships and preventing tenants from shopping for competitive and more affordable housing. Many of those burdened were African migrants. To advance this policy we:
- We met with Representative Jamie Raskin (MD), Member of the National Coronavirus Response Committee, since he had implemented a similar measure in his own county and supported the idea.
- Created an action alert encouraging individuals to contact their representatives in support of moving legislation
Debt Forgiveness and the Issuance of Special Drawing Rights
Indebted nations, already heavily burdened before the pandemic, lacked resources to service their debts when COVID-19 hit. AFJN with our partners advocated the U.S. Administration and Congress, Europe, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund for:
- Bilateral and multilateral debt forgiveness for African countries that included strong accountability measures.
- U.S. support of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) by the IMF to member countries in this time of crisis. SDRs were last used in 2009 during the global recession.
In addition, AFJN also mobilized African Ambassadors to support the above measures via letters and phone calls.
Dear Secretary Nielsen, We the 211undersigned leaders of diverse faith communities and 97faith-based organizations call on you to extend for 18 months and redesignate Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for South Sudan. Our... READ MORE
More than five months have passed since the signing of a peace deal between the government of President Salva Kiir and the supporters of previously ousted Vice-President Riek Machar and other opposition groups.... READ MORE
On July 11, 2018, Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) had the wonderful privilege and opportunity to host His Excellency, Macram Max Gassis, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of El Obeid and... READ MORE
The West African nation of Guinea has significant hydroelectric potential (estimated at 6,000 MW) but, currently, only 2% of that amount is being exploited, providing access to only one out of every four... READ MORE