The Public Affairs Section

The Public Affairs Section works to inform and inspire a new generation of Malagasy.  Whether we are bringing the massive Mobile Cultural Center to the most remote areas of Madagascar or introducing the latest technology to visitors to our library, we are engaged in building new connections for a better future.  We run the American cultural centers across Madagascar, including those that help students who want to study in the United States.  We also work closely with a number of Embassy-sponsored centers such as the Malagasy Media Center, the Martin Luther King Youth Civic Center, and the Artists for the Environment Center.  We also communicate regularly with journalists, bloggers, and the public about global issues and American policy.

The Information Resource Center (IRC) is responsible for coordinating programs and resources at our American centers.  With access to some of the latest information and technology from the United States, the IRC provides a wealth of resources to everyone from students to policy makers.  Whether you are looking for books, videos, software, or apps, they have put into our American centers some of the most comprehensive collections in Madagascar.  These materials are available in English and French. The IRC also runs the Facebook and Twitter pages of the Embassy, along with this web site’s Online Library.

Through our Press Office we work to provide the latest developments on global issues, the United States, and American policy.  We also work closely with journalists to develop their professional skills, particularly through the development of the Malagasy Media Center.  Within the Office, the Innovative Engagement Unit develops programs that reach out to new audiences in new ways.  A recent example is their work with young leaders, following President Obama’s Summit of Young African Leaders.  They have helped them to develop a popular televised debate program and established the Martin Luther King Youth Civic Center.

The Cultural Office organizes programs that inspire new ideas.  The Fulbright scholarship, which provides Masters degrees to Malagasy students and the Humphrey fellows, a one year professional development program in the United States, are run out of this office.  Shorter exchanges and training are also organized by the cultural staff, including the International Visitor Leadership Program. Working with artists and musicians, the Office has created a new campaign, “Experience the Environment,” that promotes ecotourism with some of the country’s most popular celebrities.

Contact for the Public Affairs Section:
Lot 207 A, Point Liberty
Andranoro – Antehiroka
105 Antananarivo
Tel: (261) (20) 23 480 00
e-mail: AntanPublicAffairs@state.gov