CHAPTER 13

Africa-America Institute

Developing Leaders for Africa

Melissa Howell

Founded in 1953, the Africa-America Institute (AAI)’s mission is to strengthen human capacity and help to develop effective leaders in Africa. Alumni of AAI’s programs include President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire; Nahas Angula, Namibia’s prime minister from 2005 to 2012; Uganda’s Betty Bigombe, cabinet minister and member of parliament who negotiated with the Lord’s Resistance Army to bring peace to her region; and Kenya’s Wangari Maathai, the 2004 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. In the past 61 years, AAI has served over 23,000 talented men and women committed to improving conditions of life in Africa.

According to the World Bank and the African Development ...

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