History

The mission of Friends of Africa International Inc. (FAI) is to promote human rights, social justice, democracy and good governance in Africa.

FAI is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to provide research-oriented policy advice, advocacy, training, and resources to regional and international institutions through its multifaceted programs in Africa. FAI believes that as far as the role of government in Africa is concerned, designing good policies is important but not enough. Effective, fair and honest implementation of policies is crucial.

Given Africa’s abundance of natural resources, human capital and natural plenty, it is hard to reconcile that so many countries and people are condemned to lives of poverty. Policies to attack poverty, unemployment, bad governance, inadequate health services, gender inequality, and other related issues, must not be viewed separately from broader economic and social policies.

Therefore, the central mission of FAI is to integrate these broader policies with programs on the ground that make a concrete difference in the quality of people’s lives.
Friends of Africa International (FAI) was founded in 2005 by Onyeka Obasi, a public health professional and human rights activist, whose experience working in Africa and Internationally has served as a model for the creation of FAI. With a diversity of academic and practical experiences in health, human rights and democracy, Ms. Obasi has contributed towards the realization of human rights and the establishment of true democracy in Africa. Ms. Obasi is in a unique position to appreciate the interrelation of the many challenges facing governmental and non governmental institutions on the African Continent. It is this comprehensive vision that inspired Ms. Obasi to create FAI, which endeavors to pursue diverse programs in an integrated fashion. FAI bases its programming on such reliable and extensive in-country research which provides it with the contextual expertise necessary for implementing relevant and successful projects contributing to the establishment of new democracies in Africa.

Therefore, the central mission of FAI is to integrate these broader policies with programs on the ground that make a concrete difference in the quality of people’s lives. Thus, while the New York office of FAI is its global headquarters, the organization expends most of its resources on site in Africa. FAI is currently registered as a non-profit organization in Liberia and has identified partners across Africa.