Report on The Africa Fund Delegation of Southern Africa Legislators to the United States April/May 1996
New York, New York, United States
Undated, about September 1996
Contents: Introduction by Jennifer Davis • Profiles of the Delegation • Summary of the Delegation Visit by Dumisani Kumalo • Voices of the Delegation • Partial List of Appointments • Delegation Schedule • Report on the visit to the United States of Lucia Basson, Chairperson, Management Committee, Mariental, Namibia; Edna Madzongwe, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Zimbabwe; and Koti Nyama, Deputy Speaker, Northern Province Legislature, South Africa. The report lists many state legislators with whom the delegation met in New York, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Georgia, and Alabama, where they also met with people in many organizations that had been active on southern Africa. They also met with senior staff members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), and National League of Cities, the President-elect of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) and an executive member of NCLS’ Southern Africa Task Force. They also had met with members of the National Conference of Black Mayors, Black Women Mayors' Caucus, National Black Caucus of Locally Elected Officials, and Congressional Black Caucus. Arkansas State Representative Irma Hunter Brown, who was a member of the 1995 Delegation of U.S. state legislators to South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, joined the group for much of its visit. Findings and Recommendations of the delegation included: U.S. state and municipal officials should expand their engagement in encouraging US. policy that supports the emerging democracies of southern Africa and that supports development aid to Africa. They also should encourage the involvement of U.S. community leaders and community-based organizations in Africa. And U.S. and African women should expand their dialog on how to implement the Program of Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing. The trip was funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to The Africa Fund).
Collection: Private collection of Richard Knight