We believe the world would be a more equal, just and interesting place if African perspectives had a central position in global conversations. Although progress has been made, the intellectual, cultural and socio-economic contributions of Africa’s diverse countries and its diaspora are still inadequately recognised.
Founded more than 100 years ago as a London-based membership charity, our mission has always been to facilitate mutual understanding and dialogue between people in the UK, Africa and the rest of the world, acting as a catalyst for positive change.
We work to amplify African voices and interests in academia, business, politics, the arts and education, fostering more informed and equitable relations between Africa and the UK. Through our events, publications and digital channels we share insight and instigate debate, reaching a network of over a million people globally.
Our work is underpinned by five guiding principles – our core values. As an organisation, we are:
Collaborative – we work in partnership with organisations and individuals that share our vision.
Transparent – we operate in an open manner and are clear about what we do and how we do it.
Independent – we value our autonomy and freedom of thought in all our relationships and activities.
Diverse – our programmes, audiences, members and staff reflect a multiplicity of views and voices.
Progressive – we champion innovative ideas and approaches to topical conversations and debates.