Obama’s legacy projects in Africa may be targeted by Trump
Thursday November 17 2016
US President Barack Obama talks with June Muli, head of customer care at M-Kopa, about solar power during the Power Africa Innovation Fair on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi on July 25, 2015. PHOTO | AFP
Power Africa and the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) — are examples of American “soft power.” They stand in contrast to US military muscle, which has stirred fear and resentment in parts of the continent.
The ambitious effort launched in 2013 to treble the sub-Saharan region’s electric-generating capacity is generally seen as President Obama’s bid to craft a project equivalent to the Bush and Clinton administrations’ signature programmes in Africa. But President-elect Trump might unplug Power Africa.