History of the Project from its Inception

From the very beginning the project was started as an international enterprise. Each Series had its own international editorial committee composed of internationally known Africanist scholars from Africa itself and overseas. There was also a Consultative Committee. A number of national academies eventually agreed to adopt the project and national committees were set up in Great Britain, Israel, Ghana, the Sudan, Norway and Denmark.
The project was reorganised at the request of the British Academy in 1972 and a year later the British Academy established a British Committee to publish volumes in the Fontes Series. A New Series was instituted in 1997 by the British Committee in which all its volumes are now published. Another new series have in the meantime been started by the Belgian national committe and French national comittee.

In 2021, the international coordination of the project was significantly reorganised and the post of director was divided between two co-directors. One international co-director from Europe and one international co-director from Africa. The new central committee of the project composed of the national directors was established to support the two international co-directors. The first meeting of this comittee was held at the French Academy of Oversee Science/Académie des sciences d'outre-mer in Paris on 24. March 2022.