The Washington Office On Africa
by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, 2002 or later
Contents: WHO WE ARE • OUR MISSION • WHAT WE DO • OUR AGENDA • OUR CONCERNS, OUR HOPES… • OUR ROLE • WELCOME • OUR SPONSORS • The brochure says the Washington Office on Africa (WOA) is an ecumenical advocacy organization seeking to articulate and promote a just U.S. policy toward Africa. Founded in 1972 to support the movement for freedom from white-minority rule in southern Africa, WOA now has an expanded mission which seeks to address issues affecting grassroots African interests throughout the continent. The brochure says the WOA advocates for policies of the U.S. government and international institutions that foster peace and political and economic justice in Africa, and it seeks to link U.S. organizations and African grassroots concerns to facilitate, challenge and coordinate our sponsoring organizations’ public policy work on African issues. The WOA monitors Congressional legislation and executive policies and actions, engages in direct advocacy in Washington, encourages and informs its constituencies around the nation, and issues action alerts to advocate progressive legislation and policy. WOA seeks to work in partnership with colleagues in Africa, the Africa advocacy community in the U.S., and grassroots organizations. In 2001 the WOA launched a Millennial Campaign for Africa raising the themes of economic justice, peace and reconciliation, and health and human welfare. It remains clear that the Africa policy of the U.S. is dominated by narrow self-interest, arrogance, and a lack of generosity. The brochure discusses fair trade relationships, debt cancellation, a just resolution of conflicts, respect for African and multilateral initiatives, an end to the exploitation of Africa’s nature resources during times of conflict, increased development assistance, increased funding to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the right of African nations to obtain affordable medicines, aid policies that enhance the role of African civil society, initiatives of women, the Rapid Response Network, and Just Faith and Action.
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