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Africa Rising, Hope and Healing

Through our campaign Africa Rising, Hope and Healing, Catholic Relief Services invites Catholics in the United States to engage in prayer, dialogue and advocacy around pressing issues facing the people of Africa. We hope that our Africa Campaign will provide an opportunity to heed the call of our bishops to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Africa and to put our faith into action.

The Issues

The Africa Rising Hope and Healing campaign focuses on issues of HIV and AIDS, peacebuilding and poverty in Africa and encourages advocacy with the U.S. government, international financial institutions and corporations to pursue policies that support the continent's development.

Recent Achievements

Since CRS first launched the Africa Campaign in 2001, we have celebrated some substantial policy victories:

The Africa Campaign's Current Goals

  1. HIV and AIDS

    • Ensure the president's commitment is upheld to provide $15 billion over five years to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS.

    • Ensure sub-Saharan Africa receives at least $1 billion more per year to fight HIV and AIDS.

    • Promote U.S. policies that deepen debt relief for the poorest countries in Africa.

  2. Peacebuilding

    • Encourage the U.S. government to play a constructive role in bringing peace and justice to African countries in conflict.

    • Encourage the U.S. government, corporations and international financial institutions to increase transparency and accountability regarding revenues obtained through natural resources extraction in Africa.

  3. Increase U.S. Assistance to sub-Saharan Africa

    • Ensure ongoing humanitarian and development assistance programs are adequately funded.

    • Secure full funding of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) — an additional $5 billion a year in foreign development assistance by 2006 — and ensure that the money is targeted to the poorest countries in Africa.

    • Advocate for a $1 billion increase over existing U.S. foreign assistance for relief and development programming in sub-Saharan Africa.

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