SOAS University of London

Royal African Society

Now more than 100 years old, the Royal African Society today is Britain's primary Africa organisation, promoting Africa's cause. Through its journal, African Affairs, and by organising meetings, discussions and other activities, the Society strengthens links between Africa and Britain and encourages understanding of Africa and its relations with the rest of the world.

The Society has about 1000 members at present with branches in Bristol and Scotland. It has offices in the London International Development Centre (LIDC) in Gordon Square, London and maintains close links with the Centre of African Studies at the University of London, the  African Studies Association of the UK and with the  Centre of African Studies, Edinburgh University. Queen Elizabeth II is the Society's Patron and the President is Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary General of the Commonwealth. Its Director is  Richard Dowden, a journalist working on Africa for more than 20 years and formerly Africa Editor of The Independent and The Economist.

To help keep Africa high on the agenda in Government and at Parliament, the Society supports the  Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group, providing it with research and administrative assistance. The Group was founded in early 2003 and brings together MPs and Peers with an interest in Africa. It already has 156 members, making it one of the largest All Party Groups at Westminster.

The Royal African Society holds many open meetings during the year - many in association with CAS - information about these can be found on the RAS Events page of the RAS website.

 African Affairs, first published in 1901, is Britain's leading Africa journal. A quarterly journal published by the Oxford University Press, it carries some 30 major articles a year on all aspects of Africa; political, social, environmental and historical. The journal also reviews recently published books on Africa.


Royal African Society, 36 Gordon Square, London. WC1H 0PD

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