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AFROS is the African Federation of Operations Research Societies. The objective of AFROS is to promote Operations Research in Africa. Its affairs are regulated by an Executive Committee consisting of representatives/alternates of all its member societies. The members of the Federation undertake to co-operate in the advancement of knowledge, interest and education in Operations Research by appropriate means, particularly the exchange of information, the holding of meetings and conferences, and the awarding of prizes. Each member society shall extend to the individual and corporate members of other member societies all rights and privileges offered to their own members with the exception of voting rights and of privileges and services that are directly related to the payment of fees or subscriptions.

AFROS is a “not for profit” organization. Click here to read its constitution.

Its Vision, Mission and Values follow below.

Vision:  To be recognized as the main contributor in Africa for promoting Operations Research for the benefit of African Countries.

Mission: AFROS is a “not for profit” organization that aims to promote Operations Research in Africa.
Values: The shared motivations and beliefs, which bind AFROS are:

  • To foster Collaboration and Interdisciplinary activity
  • To observe Ethics and Integrity
  • To act Sustainably
  • To promote Diversity and Inclusivity


Goal 1: The advancement of knowledge, interest, education and use of OR in Africa.
To achieve this goal, AFROS will:
1.1.Promote the benefits of Operations Research among the public at large
1.2 Provide consistent, up-to-date information about OR developments to African OR Societies.
1.3 Help in implementing projects that contribute to the development of OR research in Africa

Goal 2: Increase exchange of information between African OR Societies and OR researchers and practitioners.
To achieve this goal, AFROS will:
2.1. Create a research environment through African Research Groups within which the African OR community can prosper
2.2. Identify OR researchers and practitioners across Africa and provide them with opportunities for career-enhancement
2.3. Encourage collaborations and bilateral projects that mutually benefit the members of AFROS

Goal 3: Increase numbers of meetings and conferences in OR- related fields in Africa
To achieve this goal, AFROS will:
3.1. Award annual prizes for OR African Researchers
3.2. Hold a Triennial AFROS conference
3.3. Support National Societies conferences and meetings
3.4. Help to set up and support African Working Groups and AFROS Chapters

Goal 4: Recognition by IFORS as a Regional OR Society
To achieve this goal, AFROS will:
4.1. Increase the number of National Societies
4.2. Articulate the Federation brand and communicate its values
4.3. Promote African Operations Research activities and programs

With IFORS support, AFROS is working towards full membership of