Given the critical juncture at which Africa finds itself there is a need to:
- Develop the next generation of academic African Studies programs to correspond with the political and economic changes in Sub-Saharan African countries particularly Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia.
- Chronicle and understand this phase of Africa’s development, thus enhancing and contributing to the fund of knowledge about Africa.
- Encourage a multidisciplinary approach in teaching students who are inclined to study, and eventually to work with and in, Africa.
- Establish a forum for African leaders to engage other political, business, academic, and public sector leaders regarding Africa’s relation to the world community of nations.
APC provides an institutional framework within which to address these needs: by providing a setting in which Africa and the world can come to better understand each other in light of changing global realities. The Center movies an effort to move much of the discussion and debate about Africa beyond traditional stereotypes, allowing African nations and the West to engage each other on terms that reflect Africa’s promise and potential, not simply its problems.
APC’s role is to:
(i) Chronicle this phase in Africa’s development,
(ii) Encourage a multidisciplinary approach to teaching about Africa, and
(iii) Establish a forum for African leaders to engage other political, business, academic, and public sector leaders regarding Africa’s global relationships.