[Dear WOA/APIC supporter: This is a tough, tough letter to write.]
by Imani Countess, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
April 4, 1997
Washington Office on Africa
The mailing says after seven years with the Washington Office on Africa and the Africa Policy Information Center (WOA/APIC), with five of those years as Executive Director, I am leaving. I have been offered a position as Congressional Liaison Officer with the African Development Foundation (ADF) and I have accepted; my new position allows me to continue working for US policies that are aimed at supporting grassroots African initiatives and enhancing African self-reliance, but does so without the pressure, stress, and long hours that characterize the progressive, non-profit environment. The mailing says I received a fax from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, which historically has worked to help African-American farmers in the South retain their land, but is now also working in partnership with an agricultural cooperative in The Gambia; from the Berkeley-based US/South Africa Sister Community Project to the New York-based Religious Action Network of the American Committee on Africa creative linkages and substantive networks are developing. The mailing discusses the post-Cold-War/post-apartheid era, the UN and other multilateral organizations, budget-cutting, free market assumptions, and US policy toward the African continent. [Note: the Washington Office on Africa 1996 Annual Report that was enclosed with this mailing is available on this website.]
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Aubrey McCutcheon Southern Africa Papers, Michigan State University Libraries, Special Collections