Our Mission/ History


Developing Africa through Fundamental and Applied Research


The Research Awake Africa Initiative (RAAI) is an independent non-profit that seeks to foster basic and applied research on the African continent. The RAAI's research interests cover 3 broad areas which evolved into forums: The Medicine, Public Health and Life Sciences Forum, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Forum and The Business, Governance and Economics Forum.

The RAAI was founded in 2018 in the city of Jena, Germany by a group of young largely African researchers working and studying at the Friedrich Schiller University. The idea of establishing a network of young African researchers in the city was first conceived by Anthony Chukwubuikem, who went on to become the first general coordinator of the organization. Since then, the RAAI now has members and partners across the globe actively contributing to the realization of its goal - developing the African continent through basic and applied research.

Presently, the RAAI has evolved a new arm targeted at harnessing the potential of strategic partnerships across Europe, Asia, and America. African solutions and knowledge-driven research will play a significant role in addressing the world's present challenges of poverty, hunger and unemployment as well as climate change. RAAI now partners with and continues to seek out partnerships with Industries, Independent Research Organizations, Universities, Governments, Policymakers and Individiuals.

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Tatzendpromenade 40,

07745 Jena,


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