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Brookings Expert Discusses Recent Congressional Action On Africa-Related Policies

Brookings Institution: Congress takes the lead on U.S.-Africa policy
Witney Schneidman, nonresident fellow with global economy and development and the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, discusses legislative action in Congress on Africa-related policies, including the recent passage by the Senate of the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act and the reauthorization of the Global Food Security Act. Additionally, Schneidman notes, “In the next several weeks, Congress is expected to pass a third piece of legislation, the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act. This bill would expand the authority of United States Agency for International Development’s microenterprise development program to include small and medium businesses owned, managed, and controlled by women. It would also work to reduce gender disparities related to economic opportunity, support women’s property rights, and eliminate gender-based violence” (10/5).