The West African Research Association (WARA) was founded in 1989. WARA’s mission is to promote research and scholarly exchange between West African and US scholars and institutions. WARA supports the production and dissemination of knowledge on West Africa and the diaspora through its research fellowships, conferences, and publications; and through the many programs headquartered at WARA’s research center in Dakar, Senegal.
The West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal is WARA’s overseas headquarters and provides point of contact for researchers from throughout West Africa and their colleagues from the US and elsewhere. It provides scholars with a rich array of resources and supportive services including a research and film library, digitization lab, seminar rooms, computer and wireless Internet access, an on-site cafe, and a pleasant space in which to organize major international conferences, local seminars, and other scholarly and artistic projects.
Become a member of WARA and learn about our fellowship competitions for US and West African researchers. Keep abreast of current conferences organized by WARA and partner institutions here in the US and in the region.