American Corners in Côte d'Ivoire
Brief history of American Corners - The "American Corners" is a United States Department of State-sponsored initiative inaugurated worldwide more than 10 years ago. Since 2000, the U.S. has launched 245 American Corners in approximately 60 countries. "American Corners" serve as regional resource centers for information and programs highlighting American culture, history, current events, and government. "American Corners" typically host discussion groups, seminars, digital video conferencing (DVCs), poster exhibits, and meetings with U.S. and local specialists on a wide range of American-focused topics. They act as a regional repository for the use of American-themed books, videos, DVDs, and CD-ROMs and provide free internet access and educational materials. Operated as partnerships, the U.S. provides equipment and materials while host institutions provide staffing and the free use of space.