We Structure All of Our Programs Under Two Strategic Pillars

Pathways to Livelihood

AAI’s Pathways to Livelihood program seeks to demonstrate that it is possible for public universities to undergo instructional reforms that enables them to more effectively prepare African students for livelihoods at scale

Africa Illuminated

Africa Illuminated is AAI’s focused effort to shift the narratives about Africa and the African diaspora to improve the quality of information available and challenge monolithic and anachronist stereotypes

Our Programs

AAI Annual Awards Gala

The Africa-America Institute is delighted to announce its 37th Annual Awards Gala, which will take place this fall on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

African Diplomatic Orientation and Engagement Program

Launched in 2018, the African Diplomatic Orientation & Engagement Program consists of two annual convenings of African Ambassadors in a peer-based environment where they can learn from each other and from sectoral experts so to maximise their impact as representatives of their respective countries in the United States.

AAI’s 6th Annual State of Education on Africa Conference

The State of Education on Africa Conference (SOE) is an annual convening hosted by the Africa-American Institute (AAI) to bring together, education innovators, decision-makers, students and stakeholders from Africa, the US and other regions in dialogue that informs collective action in line with AAI’s founders’ commitment to liberatory teaching and learning.

Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship

In 2018, we partnered with the Jim Ovia Foundation to establish the Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship. This groundbreaking endeavor aims to educate young Africans to lead the continent. In collaboration with our university partners, we provide comprehensive academic scholarships that propel the pursuit of innovation-driven careers.

EADB-AAI STEM Scholarship

Since 2015 the East African Development Bank and the Africa-America Institute have provided scholarships under the EADB Math, Science, Technology and Engineering University Scholarship Program to attend Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Transformational Leadership Program

Founded in 2007, the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP), represents our longest running initiative. TLP provides leadership development opportunities for African nationals working in areas of service delivery. Originally piloted and supported by the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF), we now fully sponsor TLP with the support of AAI donors. In 2016, we enhanced TLP’s impact with e-learning and blended-learning models that increased access for African NGO leaders and social entrepreneurs.


Announced in January of 2018, AAI has partnered with the NAACP on the development and distribution of a curriculum designed to highlight the accomplishments, achievements and history of Africa and its Diaspora.

Alumni Outreach Initiative

The Alumni Outreach Initiative was launched in 2017 as part of our renewed commitment to strengthen relationships with our alumni and encourage increased communication and collaboration within the network. AAI’s goal is to shine a light on the positive impact of AAI alumni and to inspire the next generation of Africans.