The Next Steps For Africa To Meet Its Potential – The Washington Post

So what can the United States do to help Africa to achieve this potential? First, it is important that the cultivation of stronger links with African countries not become a reason to downplay democracy and human rights. The United States must, of course, work with todays African leaders, but ignoring political reality is not in the interests of Africa or America. After two decades of democratic progress, there are worrying signs of backsliding from leaders reluctant to step down or genuinely test their popularity at the polls. In the long run, Africans will remember who supported their democratic aspirations. The United States should throw its weight behind the continents own efforts to improve standards, such as through the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance .
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kofi-annan-the-next-steps-for-africa-to-meet-its-potential/2014/08/03/2c51223e-19c8-11e4-9e3b-7f2f110c6265_story.html?hpid=z5

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s