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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: 

  • Professional Development/Mentoring 

  • Networking, Jobs and Opportunities

  • Insights and Experiences 

    About BPIA

    BPIA is a charitable, non-profit membership association founded in 1989 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 the desire to further promote it as a viable career option. Membership dues are reasonably priced to promote an inclusive member base, from interested high school student to accomplished retired diplomats. BPIA maintains a limited overhead and uses donations and membership fees for administrative costs, outreach, and in providing outstanding programming for members.

    Our goal is to increase and enhance the involvement of people of African descents in the dynamics of political, economic and cultural relations between the nations and the peoples of the world. We are committed to linking our efforts to those of groups and organizations that have mutually supportive purposes and goals. As such, BPIA supports and works collaboratively with public and private sector organizations to carryout 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: $25/year 

    • Sustaining Membership: $195/year

    • Institutional Membership: $2500/year

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    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: $5,122.80
    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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    Mailing Address:
    BPIA P.O. Box 55992 Washington, DC 20011

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