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Lobbying Databases

  • Foreign Influence Tracker
    A a joint project of ProPublica and the Sunlight Foundation, and others, digitizes information that representatives of foreign governments, political parties and government-controlled entities must disclose to the U.S. Justice Department when they seek to influence U.S. policy. You may query the database by member of Congress contacted, country, client or lobbying firm. You can also search by "contact issues" as reported by lobbyists.
  • Query the Lobbying Disclosure Act Database
  • African Activist Archive
    This is an excellent resource for materials related on transnational civil society.

General Africa Advocacy

  • Constituency for Africa (CFA): Linking U.S. and Africa Through Policy
    One of the leading organizations in the United States committed to educating and mobilizing the U.S. public on matters pertaining to Africa and the African Diaspora.
    Organizes the Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series, held each year in September in Washington, D.C., which coincides with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference. The Series serves as a platform for linking the CBC members and their staff with African-focused organizations, African diplomats and government policy-makers, and the leadership of the grassroots community
  • Foreign Policy in Focus Project (FIFP): Africa
    From the Institute for Policy Studies. FPIF tackles critical issues getting short shrift by policymakers and in the mainstream media: military outsourcing, drone attacks, immigration, Islamophobia, terrorism, military bases, and so much more.
  • Free Africa Foundation
    Mission of the Free Africa Foundation: 1) To free Africans from intellectual bondage, empower them to take charge of their own destiny and devise African-based solutions to Africa's problems; 2) To advocate and seek establishment of which will help promote and safeguard the four cornerstones of freedom: intellectual freedom, political freedom, economic freedom and religious freedom; 3) To resist the imposition of alien ideologies and systems on Africa; and 4) To provide an "African input" in international fora and the formulation of Western (aid) policies toward Africa.
  • Phelps Stokes
    Their programs are created with a dedication to the individuals and organizations using their big ideas to create lasting social change across Africa and the Americas. They’ve developed and nurtured an extensive network of leaders across the world whose visions we are proud to support.

African Organizations

  • African Union Mission
    African Union Mission in the U.S.
    African Union Mission
    1640 Wisconsin Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    Telephone:(202)-293-8006 Fax:(202)-293-8007 Email African Union Mission

    The African Union (abbreviated AU in English, and UA in its other official languages) is an intergovernmental organization consisting of 52 African states. Established on July 9, 2002,[3] the AU was formed as a successor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
  • African Development Bank
    The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development

International Development Partners for US Agencies

  • United Nations Development Programme - Africa
    UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.
  • United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa
    ECA's dual role as a regional arm of the UN, and a part of the regional institutional landscape in Africa, positions it well to make unique contributions to member States' efforts to address their development challenges. Its strength derives from its role as the only UN agency mandated to operate at the regional and subregional levels to harness resources and bring them to bear on Africa's priorities.
  • The New Partnership for Africa’s Development
    NEPAD’s Primary Objectives are to eradicate poverty; to place African countries, both individually and collectively, on a path of sustainable growth and development; to halt the marginalization of Africa in the globalization process and enhance its full and beneficial integration into the global economy; and accelerate the empowerment of women.
  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation
    The Mo Ibrahim Foundation invests in governance and leadership to catalyse Africa’s transformation.

    By providing tools and advocating for progressive leadership and responsible management, the Foundation works to bring about meaningful change in Africa.

Africa Lobbies in the United States

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.

Ethno-racial Groups

  • Constituency for Africa (CFA): Linking U.S. and Africa Through Policy
    One of the leading organizations in the United States committed to educating and mobilizing the U.S. public on matters pertaining to Africa and the African Diaspora.
    Organizes the Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series, held each year in September in Washington, D.C., which coincides with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference. The Series serves as a platform for linking the CBC members and their staff with African-focused organizations, African diplomats and government policy-makers, and the leadership of the grassroots community
  • African Diaspora for Change
    Advocates for domestic and foreign policy changes that affect people of Africa and the Diaspora. In 2012, ADC launched the Beyond the Vote Initiative (BTV) to encourage Black immigrants to participate in the civic process, provide a platform to express their voices, and encourage substantial involvement from this group in policy issues that impact our communities.
  • American Association in Blacks in Energy (AABE)
    A national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues. Involved with the Power Africa initiative.
  • Diaspora African Women's Network (DAWN)
    The mission of the Diaspora African Women's Network is to develop and support the next generation of African diaspora women leaders focused on African affairs.
  • TransAfrica Forum
    TransAfrica is the oldest African American foreign policy organization in the United States. It seeks to deepen support for the understanding of issues and cultures of Africans in Africa and the Diaspora. With a focus on U.S. economic and humanitarian aid to Africans and African descendants throughout the world, TransAfrica brings a critical perspective to foreign policy decision makers and works for more just policies for the African World.
  • Africans in Boston
    Africans in Boston (AiB) works on challenges and meets the needs of the African Diaspora in Massachusetts by:
    -Connecting the African Diaspora with various resources;
    -Strengthening the African constituency in the region and increasing its political stature;
    -Providing Africans and friends of Africans a platform that transcends the cultural, educational, and professional barriers between different African communities.


  • Human Rights Watch--Africa
    Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.
  • Africare
    Specializes in helping Africa by helping alleviate hunger, building water wells, treating childhood diseases, and supporting social empowerment.
  • Enough Project
    The Enough Project fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity, focused on areas where some of the world’s worst atrocities occur. We get the facts on the ground, use rigorous analysis to determine the most sustainable solutions, influence political leaders to adopt our proposals, and mobilize the American public to demand change.
  • Pathfinder International
    An NGO/lobbying organization that focuses on reproductive and sexual health around the world, with quite a bit of emphasis on the African continent.

Trade and Development (including Technology Transfer)

  • African Growth and Opportunities Act
    The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a United States Trade Act that significantly enhances U.S. market access for (currently) 39 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries
  • Care International Africa Resources
    Click on Africa on the map and then choose a specific country from the drop down menu.

    The CARE Resource Center compiles an extensive number of documents that can be easily found in a user friendly database. This includes CARE policies, fact sheets, and lessons learned on various topics such as advocacy, emergency response, and CARE International work and structure as a whole.
  • The Corporate Council on Africa
    The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), established in 1993, is at the forefront of strengthening and facilitating the commercial relationship between the United States and the African continent. CCA works closely with governments, multilateral groups and business to improve the African continent's trade and investment climate, and to raise the profile of Africa in the US business community.
  • The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation
    The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation empowers underprivileged people worldwide by promoting the principles of self-help and social responsibility. These goals are the articulation of the vision of the Reverend Leon Howard Sullivan. In order to fulfill their mission and in order to take the vision of Leon Sullivan to a higher level of effectiveness and expansion, the Foundation will support and create programs where such principles and ideals are implemented to improve the lives of the vulnerable.
  • Oxfam America
    Oxfam America works on the scene, helping people gain the hope, skills, and direction to create a new future. We are also active in the global arena, addressing social injustice through our advocacy, public education, and emergency assistance programs.
  • The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
    The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa was formed in early 2000 out of concern that the U.S. response to rising hunger and poverty in Africa was increasingly inadequate.
  • The Whitaker Group: Business Resources
    The Whitaker Group (TWG) is the premier strategic consulting firm in the US committed to creating sustainable prosperity in Africa. They are a mission-driven organization that believes in the capacity of Africa and her people to meet the challenges of the 21st century. They build partnerships bettheyen people, governments and the private sector to bring trade and investment to Africa. They advocate for greater integration of Africa into the global economy, and they seek innovative and practical

Institutional Points of Entry for Lobbying – US Government

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