Press Release

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2009

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MCC Welcomes Constituency for Africa to Discuss Importance of Diversity Recruitment in the U.S. Government

Washington, D.C.Today the U.S. Governments Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) welcomed the Constituency for Africa (CFA) at MCCs Washington, D.C. headquarters for a public forum entitled Discussion of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives in U.S. Government Agencies.The forum is part of the Ronald H. Brown (RHB) African Affairs Series.The 2009 RHB Series will focus on how Americans of African descent can participate and support the Obama administrations foreign policy towards Africa.

David Saunders, CFAs Program Director, provided welcome remarks at the forum.MCC Malawi Country Director Deidra Fair, USAID Senior Education Advisor Aleta Willaims, Jahleezah Eskew from the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection at the Peace Corps, and Staci Ali-Ibrahim from the State Departments Office of Outreach and Recruitment also spoke at the forum.

The RHB African Affairs Series is planned and organized by CFA each year in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations Legislative Conference.The purpose of the RHB African Affairs Series is: (1) to educate, inform, and engage the American public on critical challenges, issues, and concerns facing Africa; (2) to help link members of the Congressional Black Caucus and their staff to African challenges, issues, and concerns; and (3) to promote a pro-active and sustainable U.S.-Africa foreign policy agenda.

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Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a United States government agency working with developing countries, is founded on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces good governance, economic freedom, and investments in people that promote economic growth and help eliminate extreme poverty. For more information about MCC, visit www.mcc.gov.

The Constituency for Africa (CFA), a 19-year old African Advocacy-focused non-profit 501(c)3 organization.