On February 23, 2021, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria issued We Must Pull back from the Brink of Collapse, a letter to the “People of Goodwill in Nigeria.” The Bishops acknowledged the... 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.
The General Council of the World Trade Organization (WTO) voted to appoint Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, from Nigeria, as Director-General beginning March 1, 2021. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is both the first African and... READ MORE
February 16, 2021 By Mariah Omer, AFJN Student Intern Divina Maloum is a young Cameroonian peace and social advocate. She is a winner of the fifteenth International Children’s Peace Prize, of 2019. Maloum was... READ MORE
On Thursday, a coalition of dozens of organizations, including the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), sent a letter to President-Elect Joseph Biden urging him to support a global response to the Covid-19... READ MORE
As groups that work on international humanitarian, development and labor issues, we were heartened to hear you announce that, as part of the future administration’s COVID19 response efforts, you... READ MORE
By Iman Mekonen Edited by Ntama Bahati The ongoing armed conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has displaced many people into neighboring countries. According to the Los Angeles Times, at least 45,000 Ethiopian — mostly... READ MORE
December 2, 2020By Mariah Omer, AFJN Intern Both the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) prohibit the overthrow of democratically elected governments by the process of a... READ MORE