United States NGOs, Research & Policy Institutes

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  • ADNA: Advocacy Network for Africa Forum (Washington, DC)
    • This site offers general and contact information for US-based, organizations concerned with Africa, as well as an archive of previous "action alerts" and reports; plus, related links. "ADNA Forum is a progressive non-partisan network of 245 US-based organizations - and growing."
    • ADNA Forum Member Organizations
  • The Africa-America Institute--AAI (New York and Washington, DC)
  • AfricaFocus (Washington, DC)
    The website features AfricaFocus bulletin...offering analysis and "progressive advocacy" on African issues; plus news feeds from BBC and AllAfrica.Com.
  • African Activist Archive Project (African Studies Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan)
    The website includes galleries of documents, photographs, posters, audio and video files, and an extensive archives list for the U.S. "[The project] seeks to preserve for history the record of activities of U.S. organizations and individuals that supported African struggles for freedom and had a significant collective impact on U.S. policy during the period 1950-1994."
  • African Services Committee (New York)
    "Founded in 1981 by Ethiopian refugees to give a helping hand to other newcomers, today African Services is a multiservice agency based in Harlem and dedicated to assisting immigrants, refugees and asylees from across the African Diaspora."
  • Afrobarometer (Institute for Democracy in South Africa, Cape Town; Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, Accra; and Michigan State University, Dept. of Political Science, East Lansing, Michigan)
    • 'A comparative series of national public attitude surveys on democracy, markets and civil society in Africa.' The site includes: sample surveys, data downloads, briefings and working papers, and selected abstracts from final reports.
  • AllAfrica Foundation: "Sustainable Africa" Internet Channel (AllAfrica Global Media, Washington, DC)
    • A portal site for news stories and public domain documents relating to "sustainable development" issues in Africa: environment, trade, debt, population, water, climate change, forests, agriculture, etc.
    • Directory of organizations (International, regional, national, and community-based)
  • Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS) (via University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
    "Founded in 1977, the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS) is a group of scholars and students of Africa dedicated to: formulating alternative analyses of Africa and U.S. government policy, developing communication and action networks between the peoples and scholars of Africa and the United States, and mobilizing support in the United States on critical, current issues related to Africa."


  • The Brookings Institution: Africa Growth Initiative (Washington, DC)
    News, event information, and reports from this US-based think tank, with partners in Africa. "...brings together African scholars to provide policymakers with high-quality research, expertise and innovative solutions that promote Africa's economic development."
    --See: Africa in Focus (blog posts)


  • The Carter Center (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Center for Global Development on Africa (Washington, DC)
    The website features working papers, reports, essays, and news about center activities. "[Founded in 2001 by Edward W. Scott, Jr., C. Fred Bergsten, and Nancy Birdsall] CGD is an independent, not-for-profit think tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality by encouraging policy change in the U.S. and other rich countries through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community."
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) -- Africa Program (Washington, DC)
  • Climate Prediction Center: Africa Desk (National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Washington, DC)
  • Corporate Council on Africa (Washington, DC)
  • Council on Foreign Relations on Sub-Saharan Africa -and- Middle East & North Africa (Washington, DC)


  • Demographic & Health Surveys (DHS) (Macro International, Calverton, MD)
    Search especially under "Obtaining Data" for reports on individual countries or the Sub Saharan Africa region.


  • Enough Project: The project to end genocide and crimes against humanity (Center for American Progress, Washington, DC)
    This website features current news, editorials, policy arguments, and campaign information by an advocacy group in Washington, DC...which focuses on US foreign policy towards "conflict areas" in Africa, especially Darfur and Southern Sudan, Eastern Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Northern Uganda, Chad, Somalia, and Zimbabwe.
    --See especially: Enough Project publications
  • Environmental Defense Fund on Africa: Chad/Cameroon Oil Pipeline (New York)
    • Chad Cameroon Oil and Pipeline Project: A Call for Accountability (June 2002) (PDF)
    • Chad Cameroon Oil and Pipeline Project: Putting People at Risk = "Projet pétrolier et d'oléoduc au Tchad et au Cameroun peuples et environnement en danger" par Korinna Horta (1999)
    • EDF Library -- General Search
  • Environmental Law Institute: African Environmental Law & Policy (Washington, DC)
    This site offers downloadable research papers and project reports on various African countries, plus country-specific links to environmental law and general information. "...Partnering with activist African NGOs, ELI drafts and advances pragmatic and effective environmental laws and policies, analyzes and identifies options to improve the implementation of existing environmental law, and builds the capacity of local institutions and citizens in Africa to carry out these tasks independently."


  • Foreign Policy in Focus on Africa -- A Think Tank Without Walls (Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC ; Interhemispheric Resource Center, Silver City & Albuquerque, New Mexico)
    • FPIF publishes current policy analysis reports and "progressive" editorials on a variety of US foreign policy issues....many deal with US policy towards Africa.
    • Africa Policy Outlook, January 22, 2010
    • Africa Policy Outlook, 2009
    • Africa Policy Outlook 2006 (March 2006)...by Salih Booker & Ann-Louise Colgan.
  • The Freedom Forum Online (The Freedom Forum, Arlington, Virginia)
  • Freedom House: Freedom in the World -- Country Reports, 2010 (Washington, DC and New York)
    • Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa 2009: a survey of political rights and civil liberties. -- Washington, DC: Freedom House, 2009. 24 pages in PDF format
    • Countries at the Crossroads Blog -- Africa
      --See also: Selected country reports, 2010 -and- 2007
    • Freedom of the Press -- Country Reports, 2009
    • Draft 2006 Freedom of the Press--Country Reports PDF format
    • Special report: Freedom in Africa today (2006) PDF format
    • Freedom House Home Page


  • Global Policy Forum on the UN Security Council: Diamonds in Conflict, 2000-- (New York)
    A frequently-updated archive of UN documents and policy discussion papers on UN policies toward Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia. "A group of citizens from several countries founded the Global Policy Forum in December 1993 to monitor global policy making at the United Nations."
  • Global Volunteers Service Programs (St. Paul, Minnesota)
    • "Global Volunteers, a private non-profit, non-sectarian development organization, was founded in 1984 with the goal of helping to establish a foundation for peace through mutual international understanding. Our programs center around a one-, two-, or three-week volunteer work experience in Asia, Africa, the America, the Caribbean, Europe, or the Pacific."
    • Ghana
    • Tanzania
    • GV Home Page


  • The Heritage Foundation on Africa (Washington, DC)
  • HIVAFRICA.ORG (Lazarus Foundation, Oak Park, Illinois)
    A website offering current news about HIV/AIDS in African countries, statistical summaries for Africa in general and for individual countries and contact information about organizations working on HIV/AIDS, and related links.


  • IFES--International Foundation for Electoral Systems on Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East & North Africa (Washington, DC)
    The website of this consultancy organization includes reports on elections and other aspects of democratic participation and institution building; some regional program web pages also include reports and videos in French or Spanish. "Since our founding in 1987, IFES has worked with election assistance and democratic development in over 100 countries...Every IFES project team partners with local organizations, and every project is staffed by local personnel."
  • Interaction: American Council for Voluntary International Action, Africa Liaison Project
    "In keeping with the Development Fund for Africa (DFA) legislation, and funded by a grant from the AID Africa Bureau, the Africa Liaison Project fosters communication, cooperation and collaboration on development initiatives in Africa among US PVOs, African NGOs and AID. Through case-study workshops and briefings, it addresses issues such as: PVO and NGO capacity building, gender analysis, program design and evaluation, PVO/NGO-private sector partnerships and the impact of AIDS on sustainable development. Annually, 15-20 leaders of African NGO consortia and networks are invited to Washington, DC for one week to participate in the InterAction Forum."
  • International Opportunities Websites and Resources: Internships, Volunteer, Teaching, Work and Careers Abroad (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan)
  • International Peace Institute on Africa Formerly International Peace Academy. (New York)
    • "The IPI is an independent, non-partisan, international organization dedicated to promoting the peaceful settlement of armed conflicts between and within states."
    • Global Observatory on "Africa" : news analysis and interviews
    • IPI Home Page
    • IPI Publications (Newsletter, occasional policy papers, meeting notes, reports, book information, etc.)
  • International Relations Center (Silver City & Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
    • Formerly the Interhemispheric Resource Center:
      "Founded in 1979, the IRC is a nonprofit organization supported by foundations, churches, and individual donations. ... to provide information and analysis that increase social and economic justice throughout the world. ... the IRC promotes grassroots involvement to ensure the United States becomes a responsible global leader and partner."
    • See also: Foreign Policy In Focus: Africa (above)
  • Invisible Children -- Kony2012 (San Diego, California)
    "...uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore Lord's Resistance Army-affected communities in central Africa to peace and prosperity."
    --See also: LRA Crisis Tracker below


  • LRA Crisis Tracker (Invisible Children, Inc., San Diego, California)
    "...a real-time mapping platform and data collection system created to bring an unprecedented level of transparency to the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Using information sourced from Invisible Children’s Early Warning Radio Network, UN agencies, and local NGOs, this tool allows for better response from governments, policy-makers, and humanitarian organizations."
    --See also: Kony2012: Invisible Children: a campaign site
  • Migration Policy Institute on Africa (Sub-Saharan) (Washington, DC)
    "[Founded in 2001]...an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide. MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at local, national, and international levels."


  • National Democratic Institute for International Affairs on Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa (Washington, DC)
    Consultancy and other activity reports. "The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Calling on a global network of volunteer experts, NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions."
  • National Security Archive: "The U.S. and the Genocide in Rwanda 1994: Information, Intelligence and the U.S. Response." (March 24, 2004) By William Ferroggiaro. Electronic Briefing Books. (George Washington University, Washington, DC)
  • The Africa Society of The National Summit on Africa (1998-2016)
    • A series of regional summits on US policies towards Africa, culminating in a national convention in Washington, DC, held in 2000. "The National Summit on Africa [was] a two-year initiative aimed at improving levels of public understanding about Africa and U.S.-Africa relations; creating an expanded and broad-based constituency for Africa; enabling a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals to develop a shared Agenda for Action for U.S. relations with the countries of Africa."


  • Obama Foundation: Leaders : Africa, 2018-2019 (Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC, USA)
    "...a one-year leadership development and civic engagement program designed to train, support, and connect emerging African leaders working to create positive change in their communities." 


  • Public Citizen--Global Trade Watch: "NAFTA for Africa Bill" (1999-2000) (Washington, DC)
    An advocacy web site critical of the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act of 1998. See also, the general home page for Public Citizen, founded in 1971 by Ralph Nader.


  • Social Science Research Council on Africa (New York)


  • TransAfrica: Justice for the African World (2014) (Washington, DC)
    • Formerly known as TransAfrica Forum: "...the nation’s oldest African American policy organization dedicated to advocacy for a just US foreign policy for Africa and Africans in the Diaspora."


  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) on Africa (Washington, DC)
    "To address the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life."


  • Wilson Center International Center for Scholars: Africa Program (Washington, DC)
    Search the archive of articles and videotaped events on US-Africa policy and other Africa-related issues.
  • Witness: Human Rights Video Advocacy Web Site (Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, New York)
    General information about the "Witness" program, a video archive catalog, and multi-media, online feature stories which include some on the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and, South Africa.
  • World Policy Institute (New York)
    • WPI Home Page
    • "Dollars and Sense: The Business of War in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Who Benefits?" -- July/August 2001 by Dena Montague and Frida Berrigan.
    • "Deadly legacy: U.S. arms to Africa and the Congo War," by William D. Hartung, Bridget Moix -- New York: Arms Trade Resource Center, World Policy Institute, [2000]
    • South Africa as an "Emerging Power" Workshop, Johannesburg, March 1999 (2 short papers and session schedule)