*NEW: Undergraduate Paper Competition 2015

In 2015, WARA will be offering four awards for outstanding undergraduate essays on West Africa. Click here for more information, and to apply, click here.



It’s official! The WARA membership has elected Pearl T. Robinson to a second term on its board of directors. Professor Robinson’s new term will end in fall of 2017. Thanks to all of you who weighed in on this.


WE WON: WARA wins the 2014 Giving Common Challenge!

WARA was the first to hit the $10K goal in this year’s Giving Common Challenge and we thank the entire WARA community for stepping up to the plate. This is a real first for WARA!

Learn more about WARA by visiting our Giving Common Profile




Ebola: WARA’s Open Letter to President Obama

Daily MailThe WARA Board of Directors has issued an Ebola-WARA Open letter to the President urging a more robust response to the Ebola crisis. We see this as a threat to global security and one that warrants immediate action on a much greater scale than we have seen thus far. We are calling on President Obama to take this opportunity for global leadership in the interest of West Africa and the entire international community. Please join us in sending this on to your representatives in Congress, to local media outlets, and to friends and colleagues.



 Who We Are

WARA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion of research on West Africa and the diaspora, scholarly exchange, the dissemination of accurate information on West Africa and its diasporic communities, and increasing awareness of the critical place of West Africa in the global community.

The West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal is WARA’s overseas headquarters and provides a wide range of resources and support for researchers from the US, West Africa, and beyond.