Joan joins the USGLC after earning her Master’s in Global Communications from the American University of Paris. Prior to her studies in Paris, Joan worked in development communications for Abt Associates’ International Economic Growth division supporting projects in countries such as Ghana, Indonesia, and Mexico. Joan is an avid French speaker and holds a B.A. in English and political science from the University of Florida. She is originally from Orlando, Florida and resided in France before returning to Washington, D.C.
Africa Day 2021 marks the 58th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity—now the African Union—and is a celebration of the diversity and independence of Africa’s 54 countries. The U.S. has a long and robust bipartisan history of support for building partnerships across the continent, especially when it comes to strengthening public health, developing local infrastructure, supporting political stability, and advancing trade. In celebration of Africa Day 2021, here are five areas where the United States’ partnership with the African continent has led to tremendous progress in recent years.
America’s diplomacy and development tools are on the front lines of the global COVID-19 response—and during today’s hearing on COVID-19 and the international response, both Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed that U.S. global engagement is a critical component of our country’s own health and economic recovery.
Yesterday, the Biden Administration announced that it would share over 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to countries around the world—with India included as a potential recipient, since the country is an experiencing a sharp uptick in the number of COVID-related cases and deaths since March. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to devastate the country, there are real concerns that India’s health care system could collapse, and the outbreak could spread to other countries and destabilize the region—prompting the United States and others in the international community to step up to help India respond to this terrible outbreak.
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and a mere two weeks after violent attacks on the U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Like other Democratic and Republican presidents before him, President Biden’s Inaugural address highlighted a clear vision for the role of American leadership and engagement in the world to support “peace, prosperity, and security.”
In an attempt to measure a country’s progress in a more holistic way beyond income, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP)’s latest Human Development Report also examines life expectancy, education, and personal freedoms, paying close attention to trends, policies, and issues that emerge year after year. While there have been significant gains in human development since the report launched in 1990, the latest report reveals some startling inequalities taking shape in the 21st century.
Six months after the launch of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, another exciting program is in the works: the W-GDP Incentive Fund. Announced by White House Advisor Ivanka Trump and USAID Administrator Mark Green at an event co-hosted by the USGLC and USAID, the W-GDP Incentive Fund will provide grants to 14 projects in 22 countries. Mostly located in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, these projects will collectively help more than 100,000 women advance in their local economies.
Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, more than 235,000 Americans have served as volunteers in over 140 countries around the world. This week, we commemorate the 58th anniversary of the Peace Corps by shining a spotlight on Lizzie Heilmann, a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia who is improving the health and well-being of people in her community while creating lasting impressions for years to come.
Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) draws leaders and luminaries from every corner of the globe and all spheres of influence, including government, business, civil society, academia and media, to Davos, Switzerland. Many high-profile presenters were in attendance at this week’s events, speaking on the theme of Globalization 4.0—both a nod to the increasingly digital, interconnected world and a call for heightened global cooperation in the face of rising nationalism.
Just ahead of the Administration’s announcement of a new Africa strategy last week, Bill Gates joined in a conversation with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. to share his insights on a host of growing global challenges and the vital need for continued U.S. leadership around the world— particularly in Africa.