About US

U.S. Africa Institute is a 501(c) (3) international non-profit organization established to promoting access to education, advancing gender equity, and facilitating strategic partnerships between the United States of America and Africa through education partnership and citizen diplomacy. We work with civil societies, academic institutions, U.S. government agencies, American and African institutions to leverage the power of global education and citizen diplomacy to promote access to education, advance gender equity, and foster a mutually beneficial and meaningful strategic partnership between the U.S. and on the continent of Africa. 

  

Vision Statement 

The vision of the US Africa Institute is to be a catalyst in transforming education and gender justice through academic collaboration, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Mission Statement

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

U.S. Africa Institute is a 501(c) (3) international non-profit organization established to promoting access to education, advancing gender equity, and facilitating strategic partnerships between the United States of America and Africa through education partnership and citizen diplomacy.

We work with civil societies, academic institutions, U.S. government agencies, American and African institutions to leverage the power of global education and citizen diplomacy to promote access to education, advance gender equity, and foster a mutually beneficial and meaningful strategic partnership between 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 academic/research collaborations and a lack of political commitment to ensure gender equity in Africa.

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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