Africare News Release


Africare President Honored with Prix Re-Source/Sununet


Dakar, Senegal  July 30, 2009—In recognition of his “work and philanthropic engagement in the service of African communities,” Africare President Julius E. Coles was recently awarded the Prix Re-Source/Sununet by the Senagalese Diaspora Organization-Sununet (Organisation de la diaspora sénégalaise). Sununet is a non-profit organization operating in America, Europe across Africa and around the world to create and empower local and global support systems for members of the Senegalese Diaspora.

Coles has spent the better part of a 45-year career working to improve the lives of the people of Africa, first for 28 years at USAID, retiring at the rank of Career Minister, followed by serving as Director of Howard University’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, then Director of Morehouse College’s Andrew Young Center for International Affairs, and for the past seven years as President of Africare. Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Coles has earned the reputation of an Africanist with a deep understanding of the challenges and potential of the African nations. He has received numerous awards and been invited to serve on boards such as Interaction, Global Impact, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and the African Development Foundation, to which he was appointed in 2008 by then President George W. Bush.

In receiving the Sununet Prix and representing Africare as guest of honor at the 2008 Re-Source/Sununet Conference on globalization and emerging technologies, Coles stated, “This is truly a high honor and one that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am especially pleased to receive this award from the Senegalese Community in the Diaspora since it was in Senegal that I began my interest in Africa while serving as a Crossroads Africa Volunteer.

Africare is a leading non-profit organization specializing in African development aid. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered well over $800 million in assistance and support — over 2,500 projects and millions of beneficiaries —to 36 countries Africa-wide. Africare has its international headquarters in Washington, DC, with field offices currently in some 23 African countries.