Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Principal Deputy
Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State, "U.S. Foreign Policy
Priorities in Africa," speech given to National Council of
International Visitors, February 15, 2007, at www.state.gov/p/af/rls/rm/80210.htm.
U.S. Department of State, Office of the
Spokesman, "The United States and International Development:
Partnering for Growth," Fact Sheet, December 31, 2007, at www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2007/dec/98156.htm;
Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, Annual Report for
Fiscal Year 2006, Introduction, at www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/disa
and United States Agency for International Development, "U.S.
International Food Assistance Report 2006," Executive Summary,
December 2006, at www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/ffp/cr_food_aid.pdf.
According to the Millennium Challenge
Corporation, "A compact is a multi-year agreement between the
Millennium Challenge Corporation and an eligible country to fund
specific programs targeted at reducing poverty and stimulating
economic growth." A threshold program is a contract between the
U.S. and a country that provides financial assistance to help
improve a low score on one of the MCC's 17 policy indicators. For
more information, see www.mcc.gov/programs/index.php.
Danielle Langton, "U.S. Trade and Investment
Relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa: The African Growth and
Opportunity Act and Beyond," Congressional Research Service,
updated September 12, 2007, at /static/reportimages/EE2B8A2118B2A474BC8AD0B4775EBBA9.pdf;
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, "Development
Database on Aid from DAC Members: DAC online."
Thirty-eight of the 48 sub-Saharan African
countries are currently eligible for AGOA.