About US

The U.S. Africa Institute is a U.S. is an independent academic and research social enterprise dedicated to advance and facilitate the strategic partnerships between the United States of America and the continent of Africa through education and research, tourism, trade and investment, and promotes citizen diplomacy.

We work with U.S. government agencies, U.S. institutions, and African institutions in the U.S. and on the continent of Africa to leverage the power of global education and citizen diplomacy to build strong,  meaningful strategic partnership between the U.S. and Africa. 

  

Mission Statement 

The vision of the US Africa Institute is to be a catalyst in transforming the African academic and business landscape through research, advocacy, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Vision Statement

The vision of the US Africa Institute is to build mutually beneficial US-Africa strategic partnerships through academic engagement, citizen diplomacy, and trade and investment.

The U.S. Africa Institute is an Independent, Interdisciplinary Academic, Research Think Tank dedicated to advance the and facilitate strategic partnerships between the United States of America and the continent of Africa through education and research, trade and investment; promote citizen diplomacy and offer community services to the African diaspora and Africa American communities. We work with U.S. government agencies, US institutions, and African institutions in the U.S. and on the continent of Africa. 

                     

Africa’s growing significance and influence in the global arena and its geopolitical significance for global actors including China, Russia, and Europe, it is time for the U.S. to engage and foster new approaches for academic and research opportunities, trade and investment in Africa. With the continent continuing to be home to seven of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies, the U.S. active engagement with African institutions, leaders and African policymakers is critically important to sustain its global influence in the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and African Union Agenda 2063 in the areas of research and academic partnership, diaspora engagement and trade and investment. 

There is a lack of sufficient institutional engagement between the U.S. and African institutions in terms of student recruitment and U.S.-Africa academic/research collaborations and lack of local U.S. government agencies community engagement with the African diaspora in Los Angeles.  

There are opportunities to expand the current U.S. Africa institutional engagement and establish relationships with the U.S. federal agencies-led Africa-based programs, for instance, the State Department Africa-based educational and research initiatives, African University Partnership Initiative, the Mandela Fellowship Program and Reciprocal International Leadership Visitors Program of the US State Department Bureau of African Affairs.

There is also a community engagement opportunities for local government and non-government agencies to better serve and engage with the local African diaspora, African American communities, and first-generation African students’ communities by acknowledging and identifying their specific needs and demands.

 

There is an urgent demand for the community and social services for the African diaspora and African American communities in Los Angeles and across the nation. According to USC’s  Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, many African immigrants and African American communities struggle to access legal, social, political, and financial services. This is largely due to language and cultural barriers, the absence of African community service providers, and lack of attention from local, state, and federal governments.

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