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BPIA Core programs

BPIA undertakes a range of activities designed to increase the participation of professionals, students, and others of African descent and heritage in international affairs. Our programs focus on three areas: 




    About BPIA

    BPIA is a charitable, non-profit membership association founded in 1989 by international educator Barbara C. Patterson and associates to increase the involvement of African Americans and other people of African heritage in international affairs. We are an all-volunteer association of people brought together by our passion for international affairs and our desire to further promote the field as a worthwhile career option. The association’s reasonable membership dues to promote an inclusive member base, from interested students to accomplished retired diplomats. BPIA maintains a limited overhead and uses donations and membership fees for administrative costs, outreach, and outstanding programming for members.

    BPIA is committed to linking our efforts with those of groups and organizations that have similar purposes and goals. To that end, we support and work collaboratively with other public, private sector, and non-profit organizations to carry out international and multicultural initiatives.

    BPIA Board In action

    BPIA board member, Sandile Hlatshwayo, attended the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia (October 4-13th, 2018) to present her research on corruption. Together with co-authors, she explored how news coverage of corruption can help us better understand its effects. To do so, they used more than 665 million newspaper articles to create news-flow indices of corruption (NIC) and anti-corruption efforts for 30 economies. NIC shocks persistently lower GDP growth, while anti-corruption measures only appear to have a sustained positive impact when paired with meaningful institutional strengthening. 

    BPIA Membership

    • General Membership: $50/year

    • Student Membership: $20/year 

    • Sustaining Membership: $195/year

    • Institutional Membership: $2500/year

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    BPIA Bulletin & REPORTS

    Donation goal

    Thank you for your donation! BPIA is 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are fully deductible for Federal/State income tax purpose.
    Goal: $10,000.00
    Collected: $6,277.80
    BPIA membership is open to all applicants without regard to race, religion/creed; race/ethnicity; national origin; gender; sexual preference or identify.

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    BPIA P.O. Box 55922 Washington, DC 20011

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