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USTDA Country Manager for Southern Africa, Michael DeRenzo, stands outside of Lentegeur Library in the township of Mitchells Plain in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa is a jewel at the bottom of the African continent – a city with tremendous natural beauty, a vibrant economy and a rich history. But that history also bears the scars of slavery, apartheid and other forms of exploitation whose remnants are still manifest today through crime, unemployment and poverty.

Diana Harbison serves as USTDA Director for Program Evaluations.

It was late summer in Vietnam, and a last-minute schedule change meant I was in a hurry to get from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City—leaving me no choice but to purchase a ticket at the airport.  Hustling into the crowded Hanoi airport, I found the airline desk, identified a flight and presented my passport to the friendly airline attendant—who promptly wait-listed me by writing my name in a simple, lined composition notebook.

Secretary Foxx led a roundtable discussion on U.S.-Africa cooperation in transportation.

The upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which is the largest single engagement by any U.S. President with our African partners, will help the United States play a driving role in the continent’s future development.