African Academy of Languages
African Union


The African Academy of Languages (ACALAN; French: Académie Africaine des Langues; Portuguese: Academia Africana de Línguas or ACALIN) is a Pan-African organization founded in 2001 by Mali's then-president Alpha Oumar Konaré, under the auspices of the African Union, for the harmonization of Africa's many spoken languages. The first head of ACALAN was Mali's former minister of Basic Education Adama Samassekou. As 2006 was declared by the AU as the Year of African Languages, June 21 saw the inauguration of the interim Governing Board of ACALAN in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) fosters Africa’s integration and development through the development and promotion of the use of African languages in all domains of life in Africa. The academy seeks to empower African languages, promote use of multiple languages at every level, especially in the education sector and to ensure the development and promotion of African languages as factors of African integration and development, respect for values and mutual understanding and peace.

From December 2009 until August 2015, Prof. Sozinho Francisco Matsinhe of Mozambique led ACALAN. Dr. Lang Fafa Dampha currently heads the agency on an acting basis.