AAI’s Africa and America – Connecting Worlds(AACW) lecture tour featured H.E. Romain Murenzi, Rwanda’s Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Research and Professor Silas Lwakabamba, Rector of the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST). By presenting a more balanced picture of the challenges facing Africa from African perspectives, the tour increased Americans’ understanding of the value and appropriate uses of aid assistance, and their awareness of opportunities for investment and philanthropy in Africa.
The outreach to diverse constituencies across the United States raised public awareness about and spurred discussion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the role that Americans can play in assisting Africans to achieve them, and how the values underlying the MDGs converge with U.S. values and interests. The professors visited universities, chambers of commerce, businesses and events with community leaders in cities reflecting the diversity of economies, politics, cultures, and populations across the United States. Lectures were given in the following locations:
- New York City and Purchase, New York
- Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska
- Des Moines and Ames, Iowa
- San Jose, Santa Clara and San Francisco, California
- Phoenix, Glendale and Tempe, Arizona
- and South Orange, New Jersey