About the Author: Judith McHale serves as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
I spent several years in South Africa while I was growing up, and since then, I have frequently traveled to Africa for business as well as personal enjoyment. Each time I return, I am struck by Africa’s indomitable spirit — especially by the energy and enthusiasm of its young people.
Today, I am again on my way to Africa to meet with social innovators, thought leaders and emerging entrepreneurs in South Africa and Senegal. They are part of a thriving network of young Africans who are leading change in their local communities and around the world.
Over the next week, we hope to explore new ways the United States can help support and expand this new generation of African leaders. Whether this means opening up the business environment so that new entrepreneurs and new ideas have the chance to thrive, expanding educational opportunities and partnerships to… more »