The APHiN was founded in order to:
Contribute to the understanding of past and present trends in African demography.
Provide a forum for critical, historical, and interdisciplinary approaches to population change and policy in Africa.
Promote conversations between quantitative and qualitative researchers studying population change in the region.
Encourage new talent and provide training for researchers interested in African historical demography.
Foster collaborations enabling comparative, critical, and historical demography projects on the continent.
Provide opportunities for members to showcase recent work, through seminars, biannual conferences, and online.