1. Promote and support networking and interdisciplinary exchanges among Africanist scholars, centres and institutes of African Studies on the continent.
  2. Promote research and discussions on topical issues of concern to the wellbeing of Africans.
  3. Promote and encourage research by African scholars on the continent.
  4. Promote and encourage Africa-centred education - an informed understanding of Africa through museums, archives, schools, policymakers, NGOs, media, business, learned societies, and other interested communities.
  5. Promote links with Africans and institutions in Africa and the Diaspora involved and interested in African Studies.
  6. Encourage partnerships with existing Associations of African Studies and other organizations interested in promoting African affairs.
  7. Create professional opportunities for its members.