Sunday, December 13, 2020

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The Famous Rivers Africa Group connects together serious practitioners of US engagements and activities in Africa. Membership is open to US government employees, servicemembers, contractors, academics, students, and business persons, with relevant equities or expertise in/on the region. This group is primarily a collaborative platform, connecting and leveraging members’ expertise and access. The secondary goal is to educate one another on the various aspects of US policy towards Africa in order to foster greater awareness of potentials and opportunities that exist to further US policy in the region. The group’s moderators will organize monthly webcasts/podcasts with keynote speakers covering relevant topics in the areas of culture, defense, diplomacy, development, economics, health, and technology. Mentoring sessions will also be periodically organized.

The Origin of our Name

Why "Famous Rivers"?

As military Foreign Area Officers we value the idea of traveling and learning from those experiences.  Nelson Mandela captured this same idea when he referred to the metaphorical idea of crossing famous rivers in some of his speeches.  We named our group The Famous Rivers Africa Group to both honor the life and work of Mandela but also to acknowledge the importance of continuous improvement and learning from those around us.

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