The African Association of Political Science
The African Association for Political Science (AAPS) was launched in Dar es Salaam in 1974 as the premier platform for discussing the state of African politics, governance, the state, economy and society. The city, in same year, hosted discussions that led to the idea of a New International Economic Order and the Right to Development. These two ideas would later be adopted by the United Nations as universal demands in the form of formal resolutions that placed Africa on the map as an originator of globally-significant revolutionary ideas. These ideas were incubated also in AAPS as the association’s meetings helped shape the thinking about the building of an independent, peaceful, united, integrated, and prosperous Africa during the turbulent decades following the euphoria of the 1960s and the hopes for the Uhuru.
AAPS was crucial for calling into question development models, state models, leadership models, knowledge models and policy prescripts coming from dominant global powers and international finance institutions like the IMF and the World Bank, ideas that bedeviled newly independent states and helped to turn the hope of the 1960s into impediments and nightmares of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. AAPS was crucial in conceptualizing for Africa the meaning of the end of the Cold War and the waves of democracy as well as the inception of African renaissance in the 2000s.
Logo: Ashanti Chief's Stool
The logo is an artistic depiction of an Ashanti Chief's stool, decorated with strips of intricately patterned gold. A powerful symbol of leadership and ancestral lineage in their highest regard.