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Reciprocity. Self-determination. Process.
African knowledges.

Thousand Currents partners in Africa center community and the environment.
We work to support our partners by being a part of an ecosystem that is building African diaspora philanthropy through community engagement and grantmaking.

African solidarity in action through community, solidarity, power and radical transformation

Thousand Currents is committed to advancing a culture of diaspora philanthropy that is rooted in solidarity and self-determination. Our diaspora program, Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), networks Africans on the continent and in the diaspora to pool financial resources, knowledge and skills to support the work of the Thousand Currents Africa program.

Our Story

Founded in 2012, AiD envisioned a self-reliant Africa. Co-founders Solomé Lemma, Stephanie deWolfe and Zanele Sibanda created AiD as a platform to connect Africans in the diaspora and on the continent committed to African-owned, -driven, and -led transformative change.

AiD emerged as a crowdfunding platform to demonstrate the powerful impact that collective resources, skills, and ideas pooled from Africans—both on the continent and in the diaspora—can have at the grassroots level.

A two-year incubation partnership with Thousand Currents highlighted the two organizations’ shared enthusiasm to learn from indigenous practices and a shared vision for self-reliant African communities. The two organizations merged in 2017, making Thousand Currents the first US-based funder to rearrange its structure to include diaspora engagement.

As a project of Thousand Currents, AiD now sits in the Africa project of the organization. In 2020, AiD relaunched with an updated mission to take forward the visions that AiD’s rich and fruitful history carries.

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Grassroots Brilliance

Stories of our partners' impact

Africa | Climate Justice

Victory in Durban!

It takes courage to shut down the expansion of Durban’s port.

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Africa | Climate Justice

Victory in Durban!

It takes courage to shut down the expansion of Durban’s port.

Africa | Food Sovereignty

How to win against Monsanto

What happens when David faces Goliath?

Africa | Grassroots Leadership

Stepping into power

An emerging young women’s movement is continuing the work of the previous generation of women’s rights leaders in Zimbabwe.