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Background on OAA
DC ACT 16-313 enacted in the Council of the District of Columbia on March 2006, mandated that an office on African affairs and a commission be established within the DC government. OAA was created to ensure that a full range of health, education, employment, and social services are available to the African community in the District of Columbia.
OAA’s goals include:
- Capacity building through programmatic activities and outreach;
- Establish a resource center and provide technical assistance;
- Respond to recommendations and policy statement from the Commission on African Affairs;
- Support community development;
- Empower African youth and entrepreneurs through networking, seminars, informational sessions and outreach materials; and
- Encourage civic engagement and participation of the African community in District affairs
OAA prides itself on working with all levels of the District government, Federal government, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, media and the private sector to ensure continuous delivery and access to pertinent information and services. OAA organizes and facilitates programs on public safety, human rights, economic development, employment, social services, health, education, and multicultural awareness and development.