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written by
Chloe Schwenke
Vice President of Global Programs

The Obama administration’s high-profile initiatives to embrace Africa have given short shrift to ethical leadership, democracy, and good governance.

written by
Aleta Musvoto
Program Officer
written by
David Lindgren
Program Officer, Southern Africa


Youth employability in a modern, global economy remains of paramount importance, but equally crucial is affording youth the space and investment in their principled leadership for them to have a greater say over their future.

written by
Africa Program Staff

Freedom House’s latest Freedom in the World report paints a bleak picture of democracy and human rights in Africa overall, with 88 percent of the population living in countries designated either Not Free or Partly Free. Nevertheless, there were a number of small victories on the continent during 2013, even in countries where the prevailing trend remains negative.

Freedom House is outraged by the sentencing in Senegal of two men to six months in prison on the basis of their sexual orientation. Freedom House calls for their immediate release without condition and encourages the Senegalese government to recognize its international commitments to universal human rights, and to show leadership in protecting sexual minorities against persecution.

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Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, LGBTI Rights, Rule of Law
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Sub-Saharan Africa

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