True aid to Africa starts from the bottom up, not from the top down.

Over the past 50 years, the West has given $2.3 trillion in aid to the developing world with a lion's share flowing into sub-Saharan Africa. Despite so many aid dollars entering the continent, poverty still runs rampant. The good news is that America’s private sector—private philanthropists, businesses and nonprofits—has been stepping in the gap, bringing real transformation to Africa through people-to-people exchanges.

To make this trend an increasing reality, the Bradley Project on Africa is committed to creating conversations about better ways to assist Africa, and turning these conversations into action through philanthropy, business investment, microfinance, thought leadership and volunteerism.

We hope this site will encourage you to join the conversation by seeing best practices in The Agenda, exploring the new approach in The Bookshelf, commenting on The Lion's Den blog, or engaging with the Promise of Africa.