African diaspora associations

African Diaspora


African Diaspora in Asia, TADIA
Message on the discussion site about the academic organization coordinated by Jean-Pierre Angenot & Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya. Includes a bibliography of relevant books.

Association for the Advancement of Africa
A nonpartisan organization "created in January 2000 by Dr. Sunday-Joseph Otengho, a Ugandan who lived under Idi Amin's regime and who sought political asylum in the United States in January 1981. It is the intent of this organization to help first-generation Africans assimilate into American society while aiming at strengthening and enhancing the fundamental relationship between Africans of the Diaspora and Africa." Based in Hayward, California. [KF]

Association for Higher Education and Development (AHEAD)
"a not-for-profit organization founded by a group of Ethiopian-Canadians who reside in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada." Our goal is to contribute toward the improvement of education in Ethiopia. Has a 43 page report, in PDF, The Potential Within: Is the Ethiopian Diaspora a Response to the Nation's Brain Drain? (2005), a directory of higher education institutions in Ethiopia, the Distribution of health training schools by type of their location, education statistics. See also the April 2005 forum on the Brain Drain and Africa. Based in Ottawa, Canada. [KF]

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, ASWAD
"a not-for-profit, tax deductible organization of international scholars seeking to further our understanding of the African Diaspora." Holds conferences, job notices, events listings, links to related sites. Publishes the journal, Contours. (See also full text articles). Officers are from the U.S., Senegal, Brazil. Holds conferences (2005 International Conference on the African Diaspora in Asia). Has an extensive list of Diaspora related links. Based at New York University, Dept. of History, New York City. [KF]

Kenyan American Professional's Association
"focuses on guest speaker events, career and professional development programs..." Covers the area of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Photographs of events. Based in Bedminster, New Jersey.

 Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, MoCADA
Arts institution focusing on the African diaspora. Holds art exhibitions, has a kid zine. Based in Brooklyn, New York.

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission

Transafrica Forum
An African-American foreign policy institution, "founded in 1981 to provide a forum for the collection, analysis and dissemination of information about Africa and the Caribbean and about the United States' policies affecting these regions." Has a table comparing the size of African countries to the United States. Full text of its journal, Globalization Monitor and the Transafrica Forum Newsletter. Full text reports such as Sweatshops in Lesotho (2002, 32 p. in PDF), a biography of Patrice Lumumba (2001, 3 p. in PDF), Clothing as a Cultural Express: African Fashion (2000, 3 p. in PDF), Female Genital Mutilation in Africa (2000, 4 p. in PDF), and other reports. Its President, Bill Fletcher, Jr., succeeded Randall Robinson. [KF]