About AAI

Founded in 1953, The Africa-America Institute (AAI) is a premier U.S.-based international organization dedicated to strengthening human capacity of Africans and promoting the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, program implementation and management. Our primary model is that we identify capacity-building projects and coordinate the programmatic, financial administration and evaluation necessary to deliver high-impact results.

AAI raises funds to provide scholarships to smart and under-resourced students to attend top-performing African universities and develops programs  that focus on increasing the skills of the next generation of African youth so that they become globally competitive. AAI alumni are at the forefront of Africa’s public, non-profit, and private sectors.

Why is AAI Relevant? We create opportunities for empowerment, education and employment for the next generation of African leaders.

Today, African youth between ages 14-35 make up more than 50% of the continent’s population. By 2030, they will represent 41% of the world’s youth. This is Africa’s greatest challenge in the coming decade.  AAI aims to solve this challenge by unleashing African youth’s tremendous potential to develop their skills and talents as well as earn a living wage through education and skills building.