Pan African Association of Anthropologists (PAAA)

Association pan-africaine d'anthropologie (APA)

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6 Sep 1989, Yaoundé (Cameroon), on formal launching, following initial discussions at 12th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, July 1989, Zagreb (Yugoslavia). Constitution adopted 27 Aug 1992. Sometimes referred to as Pan African Anthropological Association.


Promote excellence in anthropological endeavour and mobilize capacity building in the context of Africa's development; strengthen anthropological capacity, mobilize resources, stimulate research and disseminate anthropological knowledge that can have an impact on Africa's social economic and political development foster interaction among teachers and researchers in the various disciplines of anthropology; promote research and teaching of anthropology and related disciplines; coordinate regional interdisciplinary scientific research; ensure application of anthropological sciences in the search for solutions to development problems of Africa; facilitate exchange of teachers and students among teaching and research institutions.

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Organizes: annual conference; workshops; occasional meetings; training programme for junior faculty of African universities. Research networks (5): Network of African Environmental Anthropologists (NAEA); Network of African Medical Anthropologists (NAMA); Network of African Population Anthropologists (NAPA); Network of African Students in Anthropology (NASA); Network of African Women Anthropologists (NAWA). Networks organize occasional workshops and conferences on specific issues. Network training programme coordinated by International Centre for Applied Social Science Research and Training, Yaoundé (ICASSRT), which also raises funds for PAAA, implements and evaluates its programmes and presents administrative and financial reports for audit and approval before tabling at PAAA General Assembly.


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