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From the discussions and comments I've seen, there's been a general consensus we should be focusing on Africa, but I haven't seen a lot as to which country in Africa we should focus on, if any.  I think it would make sense, as focusing our efforts should make it easier to accomplish our goals.  Here are my candidates for countries, but feel free to post your own, in Africa or elsewhere.

Liberia
For the Americans on EVOKE, we have a special connection to the nation of Liberia.  Founded as a colony for freed slaves, the nation is now trying to pull itself out of 20 years of civil war.  I think efforts here would go a long way to help stabilize the nation and region, and the relatively small population might give us an advantage on a "per capita" basis.  Also, Ellen Johnson-Surleaf is arguably one of the most competent leaders in Africa at the moment, so we might find an ally at the top that we might not in other nations.

Botswana
A very sparsely populated country, Botswana has benefited greatly from the diamond industry and the fact that the country has had a stable, democratic government since independence in 1966 has made it one of the few success stories in Africa.  Despite this, Botswana still has high levels of unemployment and one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the world.  EVOKE involvement here could help rescue, or even amplify, this rare glimmer of hope.

Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa
While certainly all different in their own rights, I've grouped these together since they are "popular" destinations for NGOs, which gives us an advantage in helping existing efforts, although perhaps at the expense of more desperate situations.  These countries also have had, recently at least, stable governments (perhaps with the exception of Kenya) and, especially in the case of South Africa, a considerable amount of human capital compared to the rest of the continent.

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I like this idea. I think that if we want to see real change happening it is best to focus on one country that is relatively strong and it will help pull the all area with it.

I vote South Africa. It could become a regional force that will help it's neighboring countries and all the sub-Saharan countries.
N.I.G.E.R.I.A
why Nigeria
Nigeria is the :-
The wealthiest country in West Africa- WEALTHIEST
As the largest black country in the world- MOST POPULATED
Largest producer of petroleum- LARGEST PETROLEUM EXPORT
Rich a Agriculture and Minerals-AGRICULTURAL AND MINERALS

It has a lot to offer the wh*** continent, but unfortunate corruption has
wrecked the institutions.
It has the potential to feed the wh*** of West and North Africa.
WE MUST MAKE NIGERIA WORK AGAIN
N.I.G.E.R.I.A
why Nigeria
Nigeria is the :-
The wealthiest country in West Africa- WEALTHIEST
As the largest black country in the world- MOST POPULATED IN AFRICA EVERY
2 out of every black person in the world is a NIGERIAN
Largest producer of petroleum- LARGEST PETROLEUM EXPORTER IN AFRICA
Rich a Agriculture and Minerals- AGRICULTURAL AND MINERALS
It has the potential to feed the wh*** of West and North Africa.

It has a lot to offer the wh*** continent, but unfortunate corruption has
wrecked the institutions.
WE MUST MAKE NIGERIA WORK AGAIN.
Shelby Wesley said:
I hear you, since America is the superpower, we are kinda obliged to help out our allies to the best of our abilities.

With all due respect:

•if you do not mean this ironically:

People are suffering in countries which are not the United States' allies too. If there is one great potential in an idea like Evoke then it is that priorities for action can be based on the need for action, the potential for truly making a difference for the good and the political neutrality of the criteria used in making a decision on where to focus the effort.

Furthermore, I am not American at all. I have no predetermined allies, I have no enemies. I feel that if I am to join the effort, nationality of the people doing the effort should, at the root, stay out of the planning as a factor.

•if you dó mean this ironically:

Good point!

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