The Africa Initiative was established to document the University’s formal and informal programs in Africa and to determine the level of interest in expanding and/or creating additional programs and initiatives. The Africa Initiative at Washington University is an interdisciplinary endeavor committed to expanding knowledge and creating teaching, learning, and cultural opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Washington University has programs and initiatives in over 36 countries in Africa, focusing on research, education, and innovation. The Africa Initiative will work to create a framework to support and or strengthen these current engagements, build capacity and create opportunities for future collaborations.

Our core responsibilities include:

  • support faculty and student research focused on the Africa continent;
  • help establish formalized institutional relationships between Washington University and collaborative partners on the Africa continent;
  • enhance engagement through workshops, roundtables, and conferences at Washington University and on the Africa continent with our partners.

Africa Initiative Awards Pilot Grants
The purpose of this program is to advance collaborative research in the fields of Health and Human Development and to forge meaningful research collaborations between Washington University’s faculty members and scholars at institutional partners in Africa.  LEARN MORE.

Africa Initiative

Africa’s rising economic significance and growing consumer markets can no longer be ignored. This positive view of Africa is justified—sub-Saharan Africa is the host of some of the fastest-growing economies in the world.