Africa: Organizations & Associations

  • African Association of Political Science
      The African Association of Political Science [AAPS] is a pan-African organisation of scholars whose mandate is to promote the study and application of political science in and about Africa. Founded in December 1973 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the A APS is open to individual scholars of African descent specialising in political science, public policy, and related disciplines.
  • African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development
      ACMAD is a product of its 53 African Member Countries. The African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) serves as a mechanism to strengthen the partnership between Africa and the world in environmental concerns related to sust ainable social and economic development. ACMAD focuses on services for social and economic sectors, such as agriculture, water resources, public health, and safety. It develops climatic and environmental products which benefit regional and national activ ities.
  • The African Development Foundation
      The African Development Foundation is established by the US Congress as a federal agency and a public corporation to promote broad-based, sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa. ADF has funded more than 1300 projects over the past fifteen years. ADF maintains a local office, staffed with African professionals, in each of the countries in which it operates.
  • African Distance Learning Association
      ADLA was established to serve as a catalyst for the formation of partnerships between education and business, as well as between African Educators, Professionals and Students abroad and in Africa. This web site also includes other educational links of relevance to Africa.
  • African Literature Association
      The African Literature Association is an independent non-profit professional open to scholars, teachers and writers from every country. It exists primarily to la the attempts of a world-wide audience to appreciate the efforts of African write artists.
  • Africa in the Netherlands
    • The Africaserver website in conjunction with the African Studies Centre in Leiden has published the online version of the book "Africa in the Netherlands" - a directory of African organizations, African experts and Businesses with circa 300 entries.
  • African Medical and Research Foundation
      For 40 years, AMREF has worked with local communities to research and alleviate the region's health problems. AMREF's mission, in partnership with communities, governments and donors, is to improve health care for the underserved in Africa through service delivery, training and research. AMREF is a field-orientated organisation that implements programmes. It does not make grants.
  • African Studies Association
      The African Studies Association is a learned society which was founded in 1957 as a nonprofit corporation open to all individuals and institutions interested in African affairs. Its mission is to bring together persons with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa, to provide useful services to the Africanist community and to publish and di stribute scholarly Africanist materials.
  • African Students Association- U. of Memphis
      Information about the ASA in Memphis, and other links to African resources.
  • African Union
      The OAU initiatives paved the way for the birth of AU. In July 1999, the Assembly decided to convene an extraordinary session to expedite the process of economic and political integration in the continent. Since then, four Summits have been held leading to the official launching of the African Union
  • African Educational Research Network(AERN)
      The Current Educational Institutions that are Members of the AERN includes: Makerere University, the University of Zimbabwe, the National University of Lesotho, Ado Bayero University, the University of Namibia, the University of Ghana at Legon and, Keny atta University. The coordinating and lead university for the AERN are: Northern members includes Clark Atlanta University, the University of Manchester, the University of Ottawa, North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, Ohio University .
  • African and International Women Organizations
    • A list .
  • Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
      Founded in 1977, the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS) is a group of scholars and students of Africa dedicated to: formulating alternative analyses of Africa and U.S. government policy, developing communication and action networks between the peoples and scholars of Africa and the United States, and mobilizing support in the United States on critical, current issues related to Africa.
  • ASCAC Online
      The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) provides a body of knowledge that continuously contributes to the rescue reconstruction and restoration of African history and culture. Its purpose is to promote the study of Afr ican civilizations for the development of an African world view. Its aim is to build African centered study groups and strengthen existing institutions.
  • Association Friends of Africa
      The basic goals of AFA are the activities associated with the support of friendship with the countries and people of Africa, as it encourages, widens, deepens through different avenues and activities, relations and coopertion in the different spheres of h uman activities.
  • Centre of African Studies - University of Edinburgh
      The Centre of African Studies is the centre of a network of many different disciplinary interests. This is reflected in the very lively weekly seminar programmes (drawing on lawyers, scientists, social scientists and humanities speakers).
  • Committee to Protect Journalists, Africa
      The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. It promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.
  • Education With Enterprise Trust
    • A South African nonprofit that enables poor communities through development assistance for them to become the masters of their own destinies.
  • Enda Third World

      Enda Third World is an international organisation with diplomatic status based in Dakar, Senegal. The organisation consists of a group of teams and programmes working in synergy. Enda tiers-monde is also a network of decentralized nodes worldwide.
  • The Ghana Studies Council
      The Ghana Studies Council is an associate organization of the African Studies Association.
  • Lawyers for Human Rights, South Africa

      Lawyers for Human Rights is a non-governmental organisation that struggles to promote, uphold and strenghthen human rights in South Africa since 1979. The Africa Desk was established this year (1997) in order to respond to human rights developments within the SADC sub-region and sub-Saharan African which were becoming increasingly relevant at regional levels.
  • International Organization for Migration- Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA)
      The International Organization for Migration provides information on this program which assists qualified African nationals to return to their country of origin (or other) to work and assist in their country's development.
  • The International Society of African Scientists (ISAS) homepage.
      The International Society of African Scientists (ISAS) is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization founded in 1982 to promote the advancement of science and technology among peoples of African descent. It provides a medium through which scientists and engine ers can channel their skills to solve technical problems facing Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
      The Joint Center is a national, nonprofit research organization that specializes in issues of concern to African Americans. It has undertaken projects in Africa since the 1980s, participating in projects in Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senega l, South Africa and Uganda.
  • Liberian Studies Association
      The Liberian Studies Association is a non-profit, scholarly organization created to provide a means for effective cooperation among persons interested in furthering research in all scholarly disciplines, including the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, on topics relevant to the Republic of Liberia and adjacent areas.
  • The Mande Studies Association
      The Mande Studies Association is a multidisciplinary group with interests in the Mande region of West Africa.
  • Media Right Agenda
    • Media Rights Agenda (MRA) is an independent, non-governmental organisation established for the purpose of promoting and protecting press freedom and freedom of expression in Nigeria.
  • Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)
      OSSREA was established in April 1980, held its First Congress in June 1983. OSSREA's headquarters is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the premises of the main campus of Addis Ababa University. Its current membership is drawn from 11 countries, but its constitution opens membership to social scientists is open to all institutions, within or outside the region, engaged in the promotion of research in the social sciences in Africa.
  • The Outreach Council of the African Studies Association
      The aims of the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) are to share and dissminate resources about Africa; exchanges experiences on best practices in conducting outreach activities; serves as the ASA membership in educating the publ ic about Africa; and facilitates the exchange of ideas, information and research findings on Africa.
  • Saharan Studies Association
    • The Saharan Studies Association is a body of scholars with common interests, associated with the African Studies Association of the United States. The Association produces a Newsletter that is published twice a year and is designed to be a forum for the exchange of news about publications, projects and scholarly debates in our chosen area.
  • Society of Research on African Cultures
    • SORAC, the Society Of Research on African Cultures, was created in 1997. SORAC intends to make of Montclair State University a major center for the diffusion and promotion of African cultures and related research, not only in the State of New Jersey, but also in North America and worldwide.

  • Sudan-American Foundation for Education, Inc.
      Sudan-American Foundation for Education, Inc.seeks to improve education in Sudan, particularly at the university level. SAFE does this by delivering donated books, equipment, and other educational materials needed by colleges and universities in Sudan .
  • United Children's Fund, Inc.

      UNITED CHILDREN'S FUND, INC. is an international charity providing financial and humanitarian aid to some of the poorest children of the world.
  • Urhobo Historical Society
    • The main aim of Urhobo Historical Society of Nigeria is to create a movement that will promote the preservation of historical records and the writing of diverse historical experiences among Urhobos.
  • Woodrow Wilson Center: Africa Program
      The Africa Program was launched in 1999 with generous support from the Ford Foundation. Presently, the Africa Program is composed of four core elements: public forums and meetings, a major capacity-building initiative in war-torn Burundi, scholarship awards and residencies to bring distinguished Africanists to the Wilson Center, and the Congressional Staff Forum on Africa, a series of conferences directed at Congressional staff members.
  • World Resources Institute
      World Resources Institute believes a healthy environment and healthy economy can coexist. WRI's current areas of work include economics, forests, biodiversity, climate change, energy, sustainable agriculture, resource and environmental information, tr ade, technology, national strategies for environmental and resource management, business liaison, and human health.
  • Youth Enterprise Society
    • A school based, club movement that develops the entrepreneurial competencies of grades 9, 10 and 11 learners through a community based and action learning approach.

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