Africa Policy Accelerator
About the Africa Policy AcceleratorThe Africa Policy Accelerator (APA) aims to develop, elevate, and connect the next generation of U.S.-Africa policymakers in Washington.
This CSIS Africa Program initiative enables participants to grow their expertise and deepen their professional networks by connecting young individuals from government, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector.
Each month, the APA convenes to discuss current political, economic, and security developments; tackle an enduring challenge or constraint; and showcase professional opportunities and broadening experiences. Most meetings feature an influential policymaker or industry leader who will lead the discussion and share his or her insights on navigating a successful career.
FAQsIs there an application or participation fee?
No. The APA is a free membership.
What type of time commitment is expected of members?
Members typically meet for an hour once a month (in the evening) at CSIS headquarters. Additional engagements during work hours may occur but are less frequent and optional.
What is the duration of an APA cycle?
Each cohort generally runs for a year. Alumni remain engaged with the larger APA community through informal networking events.
Is the APA open to college students?
If you are a student that meets the eligibility requirements, then you are welcome to apply. However, a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree does not equate to the requirement of a minimum of two years of work experience in a relevant field.