Africa Policy Group

Remarks by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of the Republic of Liberia. Upon acceptance of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend (Kigali).

The Bridges Institute President & CEO Vivian Lowery Derryck with the Former President of Malawi Joyce Banda.

The Africa Policy Group after deliberations with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto (Front Row, Center}.

Bridges president Vivian Lowery Derryck trying to convince Mo Ibrahim that he deserves an award for his sustained commitment to strengthening African governance and democracy.

The Africa Policy Group (APG), formed in 2011, is a non-partisan coalition of 30 senior Africa experts. The goal of the group is to help shape a more robust U.S. Africa policy by deepening knowledge and discussing new findings about Africa among group members, and then sharing informed APG perspectives with Members of Congress, senior Administration officials and the private sector. APG activities include periodic meetings with visiting African leaders, informal sessions and evaluation of evidence-based background information for hearings and other public forums.


APG members meet with Congress member Karen Bass, front row center right.

Over the past two years, the APG has become a highly respected bi-partisan advocacy group for an African perspective on major policy issues such as AGOA, Ex-Im reauthorization, African immigration, security concerns in the Sahel and many other issues.

African women leaders and Bridges President Vivian Lowery Derryck representing the Diaspora gather at the African Union Pre-Summit meeting to discuss gender equity, women's economic empowerment and women, peace and security.

Au Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security and Femmes Afrique Solidarite Board Chairman Bineta Diop and African Union Commission Chair H.E. Nkoszana Dlamini Zuma address Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) participants immediately before the heads-of-state summit in Kigali Rwanda.

The skulls displayed at the Rwanda Genocide Memorial are a grim reminder of the horrific costs of war and the long-term investment required for lasting reconciliation. Rwanda may have pertinent lessons learned to share globally.

On June 22, 2016, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden met with the Africa Policy Group and detailed NASA's wide-ranging involvement in Africa, including separate agreements with 29 nations on the continent. NASA's rich data, ranging from documentation of soil erosion to water tables to the location of schools of fishes, is available to the public.


APG members meet with Donald Y. Yamamoto, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, front row, center right (February 6, 2018)