The year 2015 will mark the official end to the Millennium Development Goals campaign, an initiative launched by the United Nations in early 2000 to free humanity from extreme poverty and hunger, gender... 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.
Political and economic turmoil continue to threaten the stability of the whole of Zimbabwe, but Catholics, like the media and direct political opposition, have been suffering from severe oppression by the government. Although... READ MORE
An Interview by Barthelemy Bazemo, AFJN Policy Analyst South Sudan became the world’s youngest nation on July 9, 2011, following a referendum to be independent from Sudan. But the excitement over its independence... READ MORE
What sort of crime did Meriam Yehya Ibrahim commit for the Sudanese government in Khartoum to imprison her while pregnant, sentence her to 100 lashes and death by hanging, and in an unexpected... READ MORE
Interview réalisée par Barthelemy Bazemo, Analyste politique March 24, 2014 Un an après le putsch du 24 Mars 2013 en Centrafrique, la situation est des plus préoccupantes. Le calme est loin d’être rétabli... READ MORE
Opportunities and Challenges of Achieving the MissionSouth Sudan’s long track records of successive initiatives, combined with deep and fresh emotional wounds from the civil war suggest that the road to national healing, peace... READ MORE
By Melaura Homan-Smith, AFJN Program Coordinator This article was first published in our Oct-Dec 2012 “Around Africa” newsletter On Wednesday, December 5th AFJN attended a hearing entitled: “Addressing Developments in Mali: Restoring Democracy... READ MORE