Increasing America’s engagement with Africa has been a top priority of mine since taking office. I have consistently focused on Africa's most pressing challenges, including responding to epidemics of HIV/AIDS and Ebola and supporting refugees and internally displaced persons. Armed conflicts and natural disasters such as famine have devastated entire regions of Africa, while the development of clean water, energy, and infrastructure has not kept pace with the needs of the continent. No part of the world is in greater need of international assistance, and none has greater potential to reward our efforts if we apply them in a prudent and judicious manner.
While in Congress, I launched a number of Africa assistance projects, including the United Nations "good donorship initiative," in an effort to focus on forgotten and neglected emergencies that get little attention. I have also introduced bills and resolutions in past sessions of Congress to provide emergency relief to African nations, address human rights abuses and genocide, and establish an Office of Global African Descent Affairs within the Department of State. I will continue to advocate for increased engagement with African nations.