Common Acronyms

Acronyms can be convenient, but they can also sometimes function to exclude the uninitiated from important conversations. On this blog, I try to always give the full version of a name or phrase before rendering it as an acronym, but it may also be helpful for readers to have a list, in one place, of acronyms that frequently come up in discussions about Africa and the Sahel region. Please contact me if you have an addition for the list:

AFRICOM – United States Africa Command
AGOA – African Growth and Opportunity Act
AQIM – Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
AU – African Union
DFID –Department for International Development (United Kingdom)
ECOWAS – Economic Community of West African States
ICC – International Criminal Court
PSI – Panel-Sahel Initiative
TSCTP – Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Partnership
USAID – United States Agency for International Development

MINURCAT – United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad

CJTF-HOA – Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa

EPRDF – Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, the ruling party

ADEMA – Alliance pour la Démocratie en Mali

JTF – Joint Task Force (Niger Delta)
MEND – Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta
PDP – People’s Democratic Party, the ruling party
SSS – State Security Services

PDS – Parti Democratique Senegalais, the ruling party
PS – Parti Socialiste

AMISOM – African Union Mission in Somalia
TFG – Transitional Federal Government

CPA – Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005
GoSS – Government of South Sudan
NCP – National Congress Party, the ruling party in North Sudan
SAF – Sudan Armed Forces
SPLM/A – Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army, the ruling party in South Sudan
UNMIS – United Nations Mission in Sudan


One thought on “Common Acronyms

  1. Je suis un peu décue.J’ai retenu François Hollande au deuxième tour seulement parce que j’étais convaincue de changement tel qu’il était exposé et à la création d’une équipe irréprochable. Quel désespoir de découvrir que François Hollande nomme en premier ministre Jean Marc Ayrault, qui n’est pas irréprochable ! Il a clairement était l’objet d’une condamnation à six mois de prison pour magouille de favoritisme ! Grande déception….

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