15 Jan 2016



The tremendous social and economic benefits of an education on individuals and communities are undeniable. Yet, completing a formal education is often not enough to prepare individuals for life’s demands. While most would agree on the benefits o...

23 Oct 2015

A day prior to the State of Education in Africa conference, AAI President Amini Kajunju led an interactive presentation on “Leading for Change and Impact” to the newest cohort of students in theTransformational Leadership Program (TLP) at the Enterprise Development Cen...

4 Sep 2015

AAI alumni, trustees and friends gathered for an Alumni Reunion on Sept. 1 at the InterContinental Hotel in Lagos, where alumni of AAI scholarship and training programs reconnected, shared life updates and heard about exciting, new initiatives from the organization.





19 Jul 2015

Nonprofit organizations can make decisions that matter by leveraging data


For monitoring program outcomes, nonprofit organizations do not necessarily need a formal evaluation to assess the effectiveness and relevancy of their programs. Yet an evaluation process and pro...

15 Apr 2015

The wicked leader is he whom the people despise.

The good leader is he whom the people revere.

The great leader is he of whom the people say, “We did it ourselves.”

– Lao Tzu


Like the ancient Chinese philosopher and poet Lao Tzu, AAI believes that the most effective leade...

22 Jan 2015

Reflections on AAI’s Symposium Evaluating Leadership Development Programs in Africa




Award-winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie warned us of the danger of a single story to tell Africa’s history, people and progress. At The Africa-America Institute (AAI), we a...

4 Dec 2014



Given the wide gap in the number of skilled managers needed across the African continent, The Africa-America Institute (AAI) held a timely symposium on the future of African leadership onDecember 2, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall in Philadelphia....

16 Oct 2014

AAI President and CEO Amini Kajunju and Melissa Howell, Program Manager for AAI’s Transformational Leadership Program (TLP), led a workshop in late-July on strengthening African leadership to create social change on the continent at Canon Collins Trust’s Education for...

24 Oct 2013


Given Africa’s skilled leadership gap in the social sector and small- and medium-sized businesses, strong leadership development training programs are essential to the continent’s social and economic progress.

An evaluation study of AAI’s signature Transformational Lea...

31 Jan 2013

The Africa-America Institute will hold its first leadership training program aimed at strengthening the professional managerial capacity in African civil societies and small business sectors this February in Nigeria and South Africa, while setting its sights on quadrup...

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