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‘Substantive’ U.S.-Africa Partnerships Could Help ‘Make America Great Again’ In Africa

The Hill: ‘Make America Great Again’ in Africa
Rosa Whitaker, CEO and president of the Whitaker Group

“…[H]ow might President Trump ‘Make America First Again’ in Africa? It starts with the recognition that the recent decline in U.S. influence was not inevitable and is only reversible by prioritizing economic engagement over social policies and aid. … Secondly, Trump might administer a sea-change in how America assesses and manages international aid programs, by reforming the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). … Development schemes should primarily focus on humanitarian interventions and enterprise solutions to address poverty. … Thirdly, President Trump’s Africa Policy should recognize Africa’s parallel: the poorest and at the same time among the world’s fastest growing regions. America therefore, has reasons both economic and of principle for strong U.S. engagement. … Finally, through enriched relationships with African countries, President Trump might harness continent-wide support for U.S. goals on the international stage…” (2/13).