The Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund (WOAEF) was formed and registered as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1978. WOAEF was the non-profit educational and research arm of the Washington Office of Africa (WOA). WOAEF organized educational events and produced resources on Southern Africa. In 1992 the name was changed to the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC). In 1997 the WOA separated organizationally from APIC. In 2001 APIC merged with the American Committee on Africa and The Africa Fund to form Africa Action.