AAP BackgroundMichigan State University's African Studies Center and Africanist faculty are well known for their long tradition of collaboration with African organizations, and for developing best practices for research, partnership and study abroad in Africa. In May 2016 we invited 14 African leaders representing a range of academic, government and non-government organizations to join with MSU faculty to consider ways to build upon and strengthen this legacy.
MissionThe Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) – an initiative that seeks to promote sustainable, effective, and equitable long-term partnerships among African organizations to address mutually defined challenges across a range of thematic issues. These include the transformation of African agri-food systems; water, energy, and the environment; youth empowerment; education; culture; and health and nutrition. The AAP’s goal is to build networks among African partners from all sectors (universities, NGOs, government, and private sector) and MSU faculty members to address challenges in our thematic areas. Our goal is to catalyze and support multidisciplinary, collaborative partnerships to pursue research, education, and outreach activities that connect theory to practice.
The PortalThis portal is a core part of the Alliance for African Partnership. It features a dynamic and searchable database of AAP faculty and practitioners. It provides a platform for virtual partnership that will enhance information sharing among participating members and with the broader public. By disseminating research outcomes, this Portal will increase visibility and relevance of best practices and outcomes for Africa-related engagement. The Portal is also a one-stop-shop for information about a broad range of resources available to scholars, policy makers, NGOs, students and others seeking to address challenges.