At African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS), we strive to connect and build vibrant communities with creativity and social connection.
We conduct ongoing community engagement to ensure African immigrants have a voice in community. By leveraging diverse businesses, as well as arts and cultural assets along transit corridors, we serve as a cultural broker in advocating for smart policies that promote the growth of African immigrant businesses.
COMMUNITY BUILDING & CREATIVE PLACEMAKING
NATIONAL AFRICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
African leaders from across Minnesota and the country join in critical discussions on issues of most concern and opportunities for African communities. For 2022, our keynote speaker Professor PLO Lumumba and Dr. Verna Price. This years virtual conference is on Friday, December 8, 2023.
FORUMS & NETWORKING
Explore Vital Subjects & Create Connections
African Economic Development Solutions organizes forums and networking events throughout the year with specific topics for African Communities. In September, AEDS hosted a forum on African Cultural Health and Wellness Strategies. We invite leaders in the field to explore and discuss vital topics.
LITTLE AFRICA FESTIVAL & PARADE
Develop and Transform
For nine years, the African Economic Development Solutions hosts the Little Africa Parade & Festival. The event features live music performances, art shows, vendors, and African fashion. Located at Hamline Park, the event is encourages the development and revitalization of the area for African businesses, culture, and communities.