PRELIMINARY THINKING ABOUT PROGRAM PLANS FOR 1961

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
September 26, 1960
3 pages
Contents: 1) The Congo crisis • 2) By the end of 1960, 25 African independent states will be members of the United Nations. • 3) Rivalries and conflicts among the independent states are likely to increase. • 1) Pressure activity • 2) Education and information • 3) Direct assistance • 4) Other services • The memorandum from George Houser asks the Executive Board to do hard rethinking before adopting plan for 1961 in order to concentrate the American Committee on Africa’s program in fewer areas. When ACOA started, there was little competition in the field and Africa was not upon the consciousness of the American people, but it is now headline news and increasingly complicated. The memorandum discusses the cold war, the Security Council, ideology, freedom, independence, equality, the Ethiopian-Somali border dispute, tension between Ghana and Togo, the struggle for Pan-African leadership, colonialism, apartheid, the Algerian war, the State Department, Congress, an office in Washington, the Defense and Aid Fund, publications, conferences, and African speakers program.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa). 
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections