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

1 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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