US taps private sector to help save democracy in Africa

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 11:08

Samantha Power, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) addresses a news conference on the drought situation in Kenya and in the Horn of Africa, next to Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Public Service and Gender Margaret Kobia, in Nairobi, Kenya July 22, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The US government is throwing its weight behind the private sector to help fledgling democracies in Africa and beyond deliver tangible benefits for their citizens as freedom recedes around the world.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) unveiled its new ‘Democracy Delivers’ initiative on 20 September, on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly in New York. The goal is to leverage millions of dollars in public-private partnerships to assist newly responsive governments to take care of their people.

The event highlighted eight countries deemed to be moving in the right direction. These include the African nations of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.