Advancing U.S. and Africa Strategic Relationships
    Academic Partnerships. Public Diplomacy. Trade & Investment. 
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    U.S. Africa Institute is a 501(c) (3) international non-profit organization established to advance the strategic partnerships between the United States of America and Africa through academic partnership and public diplomacy, trade and investment.

    We work with civil societies, academic institutions, U.S. government agencies, American and African institutions to leverage the power of global education and public diplomacy to promote access to education, advance gender equity, and foster a mutually beneficial and meaningful strategic partnership between the U.S. and the continent of Africa. 

    Our Impact

    US Africa Institute works with a historically marginalized and disadvantaged group of students in secondary and post-secondary education across intersectional identities, including disability status, sexual orientations, gender, refugee status, geographical locations, ethnic and tribal minorities, rural areas, and other vulnerable groups of students in Sub Saharan Africa countries to address educational inequities and disparities.

    Why In Sub-Saharan Africa

    Today, more than 100 million women and girls, students with disabilities and other marginalized groups of students are out of secondary and post-secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa. Of the more than 100 million, nearly 52 million are women and girls, with 39 million of them out of higher education, undermining their rights and limiting their opportunities. In sub-Saharan Africa countries, Students with disabilities, women and girls, and rural students face cultural, economic, and social barriers from within and outside the education system that directly or indirectly impact their ability to get a high-quality education.  

    Our Innovative Approach

    US Africa Institute designs & implements hybrid, innovative, gender-informed, disability-inclusive education support programs & targeted intervention approaches to address institutionalized gender inequality, & meet the learning needs of students with disabilities, ethnic minority students & other vulnerable groups of students in sub-Saharan Africa.

    US Africa Institute employs hybrid learning support approaches & implement Culturally Competent Interventional Programs (CCIP) to empowering women & girls, youths, students with disabilities & other group of students through Integrated Virtual Exchange Programs (IVEPs) embracing online education support as a strategic approach to be able to address education inequities through intersectional lenses, and intentionally implementing interventional programs designed to ending child marriage, empowering girls & women, & mobilize the diaspora through Citizen and Education Diplomacy (CED) to address educational inequity in Africa. 

    Leadership and Board Members


    Dr. Tadios Belay

    Founder & President,(BoD) 

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    Solomon Belette, MBA

       Executive Director 


          H.E. Lilian Riziq 

    Executive Board Member 

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    Dr. Erroll Southers


    Jocelyn Duarte


    Dr. Jamie Lee


    Dr. Michele G. Turner


    Dr. Mary Anna Noveck


    Dr. Timothy Smith

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    Dr. Jesse Mills

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    Dr. Lee Cenquizca


    Attorney Mulu Alemayehu, 


    Bambou Diagne, MPH 

    African Communities Liason


    Dr. Seid Aman 

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