AAI bridges Africa and its diaspora to catalyze a more sustainable and equitable world.

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.

The legacies of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Slavery, and Colonialism have far-reaching and enduring consequences across continents. AAI believes one of the most pernicious consequences was the distortion of our global education system by teaching a false ideology of human hierarchy and inaccurate understandings about how the modern world was created. We are building long-term strategies that repair these legacies.

AAI believes that accurate, unbiased, and accessible education will advance racial justice – eliminating racist norms, assumptions, and frameworks. Fundamental to our work is liberatory education – centering scholarly and unbiased information about the world’s journey to the creation of the modern world. We believe that supporting scholarship devoid of bias is a long-term solution to addressing these consequences and legacies.