The following is a list of US-based associations that have incorporated Africa advocacy as part of their mission. Several are full-fledged lobbies, some are professional groups that double as ethno-racial advocates, while others relate to their constituencies primarily on the basis of issues. Key institutional entry points to the Africa policy process are often headed by actors who facilitate lobbying. These entities are listed separately below.
The majority of these groups have been engaged in ongoing efforts by US foundations to build an “informed,” multi-racial Constituency for Africa. In the 1940s, the Phelps-Stokes Foundation initiated such a strategy. In recent years, the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations have funded such initiatives. Only a handful of the groups listed take a an explicitly critical stance toward the global economy, racial oppression, and America’s role in the world. TransAfrica Forum is a noted exception.